Have a finished story draft but don't know where to take it next? Or maybe you have an idea for a story but don't know how to get it on the page. In Advanced Fiction Workshop, students will generate new material and refine already drafted stories.
This class is a hybrid take on the traditional workshop model. Each class will be broken up into two parts.
In the first half of class, we will read short fiction as a way to examine elements of story such as plot, point of view, and character. Short, in-class readings will serve as inspiration for generative in-class writing prompts. "Good writers are good readers," says instructor Shelby Hinte, "and often a good story can spark a moment of clarity in our own creative endeavors."
The second half of class will be structured as a writing workshop. All writers will have two opportunities to share story drafts with the group (Maximum word count per submission is 3,000). Shelby adds, “Engaging in critical dialogue about artistic choices is one of the best ways to better understand the inner workings of fiction. Through discussing the craft of writing, we will become stronger writers and more compassionate readers.”
Students will leave this class with the seeds for new story ideas as well as two critiqued drafts. Shelby will provide generous feedback on student work to encourage writing during class and beyond.
*This workshop is for writers who have completed fiction classes at The Writing Salon or elsewhere. Because of the nature of the workshop process, enrollment will be capped at 9 to ensure that ample attention is given to each writer and their work.
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shelby Hinte is a writer and educator living in the Bay Area. She has led and supported writing workshops at San Francisco State University and in the community, including teaching creative writing to incarcerated adults and youth on juvenile probation. She received her MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University where she was the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Graduate award. She is a contributing writer for Write or Die Tribe, and her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Maudlin House, Entropy, Vagabond Lit, Witness Magazine, Hobart, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a novel about women and vortexes in the desert.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, October 30, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, November 06, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, November 13, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, November 20, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, December 04, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, December 11, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Shelby is very warm and inviting in her style, which facilitated a welcoming atmosphere in the class. She also does a really good job of listening to our responses and pulling out interesting gems to reiterate. I always felt heard and understood.