The Art of Storytelling: Fiction Workshop
Dates: 4 Wednesdays, September 16 - October 7
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Instructor: Angela Pneuman
This workshop is designed to explore some of the most important elements of storytelling and fiction writing, such a character, conflict, point of view, narrative voice, setting, plot, and dialogue.
We’ll also spend time writing in class, and every week we will work on brief take-home exercises to share when we meet during class.
Every student will have the opportunity to bring in up to ten pages or so of fiction (2500 words) for group discussion in the second two weeks of our class. These pages can be a story, part of a story, or part of a novel.
Rough Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Creative approaches
Week 2 Character, Point of View, and Narrative Voice
Week 3 Approaches to Plot, Structure, Tension
Week 4 Setting, Dialogue, and Pushing forward
Angela Pneuman is the author of the novel Lay It on My Heart and the short story collection Home Remedies. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories (2004, 2012), Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Glimmer Train, and other literary magazines, and she is a contributor to The Believer, Salon, and The Rumpus. She currently teaches in Continuing Studies and the Online Writing Certificate program at Stanford, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow, and is the executive director of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference.