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Strategies and Solutions in Fiction— 6 Week Course

Join Jacquelyn Mitchard for a wide-ranging series of lectures and discussions on every craft element of the practice of fiction. Together, we will consider the building blocks of successful narrative prose, read work aloud, as well as participate in-class discussion of select readings, writing exercises and prompts, and peer and instructor critique of your submissions. Writers will prepare a 2,500-word selection to share with the class for critique. The first meeting will feature procedures and introductions, the second and third critical analysis of assigned reading and critique of one student’s work, classes four-five will comprise critique of several student contributions and an exercise, class six will include a critical analysis of an assigned reading, and publication strategy questions and answers.

Jacquelyn Mitchard is a New York Times bestselling writer of fiction and non-fiction and the author of 22 books. She has won or been short-listed for The Bram Stoker Award, The Heartland Prize for Fiction, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and the Bluebonnet Prize. Her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club.

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