Telling stories has been a part of the human experience for as long as people have existed. But transforming stories into written works can be a daunting process. Using a blend of literary inspirations, generative writing exercises and in-depth discussions, novelist Cassandra Rose Clarke examines the basics of good fiction and offers insight into both the revision and publication processes. From developing characters and plot to structuring a story, this course guides you through the steps of crafting fiction. The workshop culminates with an opportunity to have your work critiqued. All fiction genres are welcome, from literary to mystery and speculative. This course is suitable for beginning and intermediate fiction writers. 

Course Details

Cassandra Rose Clarke, M.A., is a narrative designer who adapts novels for online gaming scripts. Ms. Clarke is also former acting executive director and instructor with Writespace. She holds a master’s degree in writing from The University of Texas at Austin and has attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle. Her work has placed in the Rhysling Awards and been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Pushcart Prize and YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. Ms. Clarke’s short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons and Daily Science Fiction, and her most recent book is “Singing with the Devil,” a paranormal novel forthcoming from Carina Press in 2022. 

This course will be delivered in a synchronous format online. Registered participants will receive login instructions to the course page which will provide access to the virtual classroom link and other resources. All online classes are held at Central Standard Time.

  • Developing characters
  • Developing setting
  • Developing a plot
  • Story structure
  • The revision process
  • Submitting your work
  • Critiques

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