Writing Short Fiction from Hook to Resolution
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Writing Short Fiction from Hook to Resolution

Break Blocks and Awaken Your Creative Voice
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Created by Jen Knox
Last updated 7/2020
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This course includes
  • 33 mins on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Write a short story
  • Recognize creative sparks in daily life
  • Goal setting techniques for creative projects
  • Connect with your deep creative energy
  • How to create compelling hooks
  • How to create interesting characters
  • Readers
Requirements
  • No
Description

Writing short fiction is about creating new realities and re-framing our own. In this 4-module class, writers will learn about how to write a strong opening, build a strong narrative plot, create vivid scenes that draw the reader in, and leave readers with a satisfying ending. The class will include an ongoing writing workshop and revision techniques, along with personalized feedback. It will conclude with information about how and where to submit work to agents, contests, and literary journals.


About the instructor:

Jen Knox has been teaching fiction for over a decade. She is the author of After the Gazebo (Rain Mountain Press), Resolutions (AUX Media) and The Glass City (Press Americana's Prize for Prose Winner). Her writing has been nominated for the Pen Faulkner, The Best of the Net, and a Pushcart. Stories have been featured in textbooks, classrooms, and both online and print publications around the world. Her fiction appears in The Best Small Fictions 2017 (Braddock Avenue Books), The Adirondack Review, Sivana East, Chicago Tribune's Printers Row, Chicago Quarterly Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Crannog, Elephant Journal, Fairlight Books, Fiction Southeast, Juked, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, MJI News, Poor Claudia, The Saturday Evening Post, The Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, NPR, Short Story America, and Sequestrum, among over a hundred other publications. Her nonfiction appears in Elephant Journal and Sivana East.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginning writers
  • Experienced writers who are blocked
  • Creative people
  • People who are interested in publishing
Course content
Expand all 7 lectures 35:12
+ From Hook to Resolution
2 lectures 10:28
After watching the lecture on compelling openings, write an opening scene that is focused on characterization. Then rewrite the same scene with a focus on scene/setting. Finally, rewrite the same scene with a focus on conflict. By the end of this assignment, you should have three paragraphs.
Write Your Opening Paragraph (x3)
3 questions
+ The Middle: Write a Rough Draft
3 lectures 15:13

In a notebook, fill out the social and personal identity of your character.

Mini-lecture on character
01:12
Mini-lecture on plot
04:26
Fill out a social and personal profile for your character.
Character inventory
2 questions

Picking up from our opening scene, let's add some vivid sensory detail! This is not just about visual details. We need to dig deeper to get our readers engaged. Let's do it!

Sensory Details
09:35
Where to get scenic? This is the question. It is also what will propel you through the often-tricky midpoint of a story.
Midpoint Writing with Sensory Detail
4 questions
Let's look at a few decisions writers need to make.
Stylistic Decisions
4 questions
+ The End
1 lecture 06:32
Just a quick check-in.
Your Rough Draft
1 question
The End: Beyond Emotional Resonance
06:32
Questions to get you thinking about THE END.
Increase Conflict and End the Thing!
5 questions
+ Revise and Publish
1 lecture 01:47

Publication how-tos: a worksheet

Resources
01:47
A few questions as you embark on your publication journey.
Read to Publish
3 questions
I hope you've enjoyed this course. Please take a minute to answer the following two questions.
CONGRATULATIONS!!
3 questions