Writing fiction (short stories) (English spoken)
Stories are a great way to convey something, to touch people and change lives. But writing a good story isn't easy. Everyone can have an idea, but how do you work the words to make something lasting, something people think is worth their time to read? In this course we will try to find out.
We will study stories, and find out what makes them good. And we will be writing ourselves. With assignments to hand in and to discuss. Because the only way to write, is to actually write. And get feedback and give feedback to others. To learn to distinguish between your subjective opinion ('like guinea pigs') but also to see why a story works, what the strengths are. What should go, and what should be embellished?
This course is open for everyone who would like to learn more about writing fiction, in particular short stories. Level of experience with writing or publishing stories is not important, knowledge of the English language is useful. We will not work on grammar or spelling. We will work on the elements that make and break a story.
How do you create interesting stories that will keep people enthralled? What makes a good story? How do you sit down and use plot, scenes, characters to draft a story?
Books we will use: Stephen King's On Writing. Scarlett Thomas' Monkeys with Typewriters. Excerpts will be provided, as well as many short stories from all around the world.
Teacher: ms. N. des Bouvrie