Instructor: Elise Schiller
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Class Term: 01/15/2021 - 02/22/2021
SCN Member: $192.00
Class synopsisWriters often mold their lived experience into fiction, or use nuggets of personal experience to add depth to a story or novel. This class will explore and develop this process in fiction being written by the participants, as well as through some selected readings.
Students enrolling in this class should have some experience writing fiction and have a work in progress or a clear vision of a work they’d like to start. Using a workshop format each student will develop a story or part of a novel, experimenting with integrating personal experience--a career, a place they lived or traveled to, an activity, an experience, a relationship—to enhance and add texture to their work. Selected model readings will be assigned. Various craft elements such as point of view, structure, and incorporation of flashbacks will be taught and practiced based on student work.
Completion of one or more pieces (could be several pieces of flash fiction) totaling a minimum of 2,000 words., Enhanced understand of and ability to execute various craft elements of fiction, Improved revision and editing skills, Improved ability to give and accept constructive criticism
Class communication methodMethod: One forty minute ZOOM meeting per week starting the second week during which the instructor will give a craft lesson related to student work or lead a discussion of a reading. Students will submit work weekly on an agreed upon day using either Google Docs or Word (Track Changes). Students will be expected to comment on at least two other students’ submissions every week.
Students will submit either a work in progress or a vision statement/outline to the instructor including ideas about incorporating lived experience that might enhance the work. Depending on number of students critique/review sub-groups will be determined. Instructor will comment on each student’s submission and assign a reading to illustrate an incorporation of lived experience as a story backdrop.
Weeks 2-4 Student submissions to instructor and their sub-group with critiques following. First ZOOM session will focus on assigned reading. Following readings and weekly ZOOM lessons will be determined by submissions.
By fifth week students should aim to submit a complete draft of their work in progress. Sub-group partners will comment and edits will be made by instructor. ZOOM will be used for individual conferences.
For the final week students will submit their work incorporating edits to instructor and all other students. Comments from students encouraged but not required. Instructor will comment on all writing and make suggestions for submission or future writing. There will be a closing ZOOM session.
Class time commitment4-5 hours per week
Elise Schiller is the author of a memoir, a novel, and a number of articles, essays, and short stories. She is currently working on a novel due to be completed in 2021. Schiller maintains an active website where she blogs about family history, books, education, and other subjects. After a thirty year career in education and family services in Philadelphia, Schiller retired in 2015 to write full time. She has taught numerous courses in literature and writing at several universities and colleges and has previously taught a class at Story Circle Network. She is an active volunteer and serves on several boards and advisory committees in Philadelphia.