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Introduction to Creative Writing: Short Fiction

Department: Writing

Instructor: Isadora Petrovsky
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Dates: July 7 - July 27
Schedule: 9am - 4pm (Lunch from 11:30am - 1:30pm)

Location: TBD
Room: TBD

Course Description

This course introduces students to the tenants of fiction writing, from crafting compelling characters the reader is deeply invested in to writing lush descriptions of a world of their own making. Students will create one work of short fiction by the end of the course. This work of short fiction will be extensively workshopped in a collaborative creative environment both by students’ instructor and their peers.

Learning Outcome

In a collaborative environment, practice using writing as a tool for creativity/self-expression and to begin to understand how fictional stories are crafted.

Course Topics

  • Craft of Short Fiction
  • Character Arcs, Plot Arcs, and Subverting/Utilizing the Hero’s Journey
  • Scene, Summary, and Exposition
  • Characterization + Worldbuilding
  • Writing as Imaginative Expression


The ability to tap into your imagination!


*Courses vary by experience and exposure to content. Instructors have the ability to change content and pace to serve the needs of students. Courses have been modified for online teaching.