TUTOR: Scott Onak’s fiction has been published in Ninth Letter, Mid-American Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Willow Springs, and his book reviews appear on The Rumpus. He has earned his MFA in Fiction at the University of Idaho and has taught creative writing at the University of Chicago, Story Studio Chicago, and elsewhere. He has been awarded residencies from the Ragdale Foundation and Vermont Studio Center.
Start Date: January 30, 2018
DURATION: 4 weeks
This course will provide strategies to lift you out of ruts and help you solve problems in your stories or essays.
Sometimes plots and characters become so familiar to us, that it’s hard to see beyond the borders of our stories or feel energised about starting new work. The goal of this course is to take risks, uncover new possibilities, and follow them wherever they may lead.
The weekly assignments will give you practical ways to find inspiration or gain new insight into existing work. Scott will provide written feedback on your assignments. Suitable for writers of all genres and levels.
Week One: Restrict Yourself
It may sound like a contradiction, but the more restrictions we place on our writing, the more our imagination and word count can grow. We’ll impose forms on our stories and explore the rewards of being random.
Week Two: Think Small
In Week Two, we’ll whittle down our stories to discover what’s at the centre, learn the power of a single vivid detail, and bring urgency to our narratives.
Week Three: Think Big
We’ll expand the frontiers of our stories, focus on the bigger narrative arc, and investigate the ways that history and culture can guide our characters and plots.
Week Four: The 4th Dimension
Finally, we’ll explore the manipulation of time: slowing down, speeding up, and projecting ourselves into the future to gain perspective on our stories.
If you have any further queries, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at email@example.com Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.
Our next Down the Rabbit Hole course starts on 30/01/2018
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