CREATIVE WRITING COURSES
Storytelling Magic: Tools for Beginning Fiction Writers
2 weeks: Saturdays: March 2 and 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Course will take place at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
This workshop explores in two Saturday sessions the key elements and process of creating a credible fictional world by focusing on two elements: creating a sense of place and developing character.
Participants can bring in works in progress to discuss. The goal of the course is to take that piece of fiction you're writing and take it to the next level. But writers who would rather listen in, take notes, and work privately are also welcomed.
On the first Saturday, we'll discuss the role of setting by dissecting samples from a wide variety of novels and short stories from around the world, and in particular from Miami, including the workshop leader's own fiction. Likewise, we'll discuss how to flesh-out character and show how strong characterization moves plot along.
On the second Saturday, we'll troubleshoot problems with characterization and setting in your writing. For those who aren't shy about sharing their work, this is an opportunity to get hands-on editing and advice from the workshop leader as well feedback from peers.
Fabiola Santiago, a prize-winning journalist at The Miami Herald and the newspaper's Metro columnist, is author of the novel Reclaiming Paris, set to the backdrop of Miami's Cuban culture and history. The novel traces the story of a woman who switches perfumes and lovers along her journey to reconcile the loss of family and country. Published by Simon & Schuster in two languages (Siempre París in Spanish), and chosen for a Mariposa Award as Best First Book at the International Latino Book Awards, the novel is a bestseller in Norway as the re-titled Habanita. More at www.reclaimingparis.com and www.fabiolasantiago.com.
Date and Time
March 2 and 9, 2013
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This is a non-credit course.