Writing Fiction 101

This four-week class will introduce the novice writer to the tools needed to complete a short story. We will discuss plot, character development, point of view, as well as strategies to create engaging fictions. We will read short stories and complete creative writing exercises. By the end of the class, you will have the first draft of a short story. No previous writing experience is needed for this course. 

Instructor: Cole Lavalais

Dates: Saturdays, 12:30pm-2:00pm (6/2, 6/9, 6/16 & 6/23)

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THE INSTRUCTOR

Cole Lavalais’ short stories have appeared in The Offing, ObsidianApogeeWarpland,Tidal Basin Review and others. Her novel, Summer of the Cicadas, debuted in 2016. She holds a M.F.A. from Chicago State University and a Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Chicago in Creative Writing. She is a Visiting Writer at Mississippi University for Women and has taught writing for thirteen years.