"One of the most difficult narrative issues in fiction and creative nonfiction writing is how to emotionally move your readers," says instructor Junse Kim. "Often, what we writers render on the page are concepts of drama meant to profoundly affect the reader, but it does not."
In this 5-week process class we will dissect the intricate concepts of how emotions are developed in fiction and creative nonfiction, and master how to recognize and apply narrative craft that develop dramatic emotions in ways that can move our readers. These skills will be developed through in-class writing exercises and assignments, focusing on interior monologue, characters’ perceptions, creating motivations, and more. There will also be weekly reading assignments, emailed to the students, that will serve as case studies of craft that will be covered in class.
This is a rare opportunity to take a class that was originally designed as a graduate level writing course.
*The live videoconference portion of the class will last for 1.5 hours, from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The final hour of class will occur outside of the videoconference. Junse will ask you to do writing exercises that specifically relate to his lessons from the video-conferencing session. You can email those exercises to him, and then he will offer an evaluation.
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. 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 email@example.com.
Junse Kim, like many Writing Salon students, didn’t begin to pursue a writing life until well after graduating from college. Before ever taking a writing class, he worked as a concert promoter, Peace Corps volunteer, managerial consultant, scriptwriter, nonprofit fundraiser, and “full-time” temp. He has since received a Pushcart Prize (for his short story “Yangban”), a Faulkner Award, and the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. His fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in the Ontario Review, ZYZZYVA, and Cimarron Review, as well as two anthologies: Pushcart Prize XXVII and Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writing.
- Tuesday, February 16, 6:30pm-9:00pm (Live Zoom Meeting: 6:30pm-8:00pm / Writing Exercises & Email: 8:00pm-9:00pm)
- Tuesday, February 23, 6:30pm-9:00pm (Live Zoom Meeting: 6:30pm-8:00pm / Writing Exercises & Email: 8:00pm-9:00pm)
- Tuesday, March 02, 6:30pm-9:00pm (Live Zoom Meeting: 6:30pm-8:00pm / Writing Exercises & Email: 8:00pm-9:00pm)
- Tuesday, March 09, 6:30pm-9:00pm (Live Zoom Meeting: 6:30pm-8:00pm / Writing Exercises & Email: 8:00pm-9:00pm)
- Tuesday, March 16, 6:30pm-9:00pm (Live Zoom Meeting: 6:30pm-8:00pm / Writing Exercises & Email: 8:00pm-9:00pm)
Junse is a great teacher who demystifies the craft of writing and teaches his students about all aspects of it - not just how to write, but also how to critique, how to interpret different narrative genres, and what to do next.
Junse really breaks down the elements of writing into digestible formulas. He makes it very easy to understand and exciting to apply. His classes are the best writing classes I’ve ever taken (and I’ve taken quite a lot over the years). I really like the mix of lecturing and exercises and discussion. It has improved all of writing by giving me structures and formulas to apply.