"We writers too often need others to tell us that our writing is good," says instructor Junse Kim. "And this is where it all goes horribly wrong. We become impatient for praise, obsessed with completing a story before learning the basic skills we need to write it. It's the equivalent of, say, an aspiring carpenter who has committed to building a beautiful house, yet doesn't know how to hammer in a nail or saw a piece of wood."
In this remote class, you'll develop concrete skills and narrative techniques through fun writing exercises designed to help you master your craft. At the end of five weeks, you'll have a better grip on how to use these techniques (for developing character, setting, and plot) as tools for building your story. The class will also explore other narrative genres, from movie scenes to comic books, to analyze storytelling skills you can apply to your fiction writing.
*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, January 12, 6:30pm-9:00pm (Live Zoom Meeting: 6:30pm-8:00pm / Writing Exercises & Email: 8:00pm-9:00pm)
- Tuesday, January 19, 6:30pm-9:00pm (Live Zoom Meeting: 6:30pm-8:00pm / Writing Exercises & Email: 8:00pm-9:00pm)
- Tuesday, January 26, 6:30pm-9:00pm (Live Zoom Meeting: 6:30pm-8:00pm / Writing Exercises & Email: 8:00pm-9:00pm)
- Tuesday, February 02, 6:30pm-9:00pm (Live Zoom Meeting: 6:30pm-8:00pm / Writing Exercises & Email: 8:00pm-9:00pm)
- Tuesday, February 09, 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 Kim's "Intro to Fiction" class, which I just finished up this past Thursday, was the best writing class I've ever taken. I've taken several writing classes in the past, but none have broken down the elements of craft to me in such a sensible and succinct way. I feel more prepared to tackle my writing projects with confidence and skill now than ever before.
I just want to say thanks again to Junse Kim (Intro to Fiction) for his time and energy. Having never really written before, I was amazed at how comfortable he made me in both writing and sharing in a group environment. I think I am now officially on my own writing journey thanks to Junse.
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.
Junse focused on concrete skills that we can practice and also gave us some tips about not letting ego or self-criticism prevent us from improving. Junse was clear, helpful, encouraging and kept things interesting. I now have knowledge of specific, concrete tools I can use to develop tension, drama, convincing characters and setting, etc. I also have exercises I can do to improve my skill in applying these tools.
I just finished Junse Kim's Intro to Fiction class. This was the best writing class I have ever taken. Each lesson is a lesson on an aspect of craft of writing and he gives you concrete instructions and actionable feedback. I used to just pants it and I only knew if what I did worked or didn't work. I never knew why and trying to fix it was a crap shoot. Now I know how to debug my own writing, I know how to make what worked better, and I know what I should be doing in the first place. It is incredibly exciting and freeing of writer's block. I am writing a memoir, not fiction, but the craft he teaches applies to all genres. Thank you so much Junse. If I ever finish my memoir, it will be all due to you!