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Introduction to Fiction
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Introduction to Fiction

Learn the basics of fiction and start working on a short story or a novel in this recurring course taught by one of our fiction instructors. 

inspiration2publication offers this 4-week online workshop on a regular basis when we get at least three students to sign up. Let us know if you want to take this course with your writing group! 

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Let's Write a Short Story with Natalie Truhan
September 2 - 30, 2019
Let's Write a Short Story with Natalie Truhan
| Led By September 2 - 30, 2019
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“When seriously explored, the short story seems to me the most difficult and disciplining form of prose writing extant. Whatever control and technique I may have I owe entirely to my training in this medium.”~ Truman Capote, interview to The Paris Review.


4-Week Writing Class

September 2 - 30. 2019 

This course will take you from story inception to a finished draft through several stages of revision. Along the way, you will learn elements of a short story. Our goal is creating a story that, as the writer Michael Swanwick put it, “is like a knife–strongly made, well balanced, and with an absolute minimum of moving parts.”

I want you to become a radical explorer of your story and its possibilities. I will encourage you to approach your story from different angles, striving to better understand your artistic intention and ways to realize it. 

The course is designed for writers of fiction who want to explore a structured approach to developing a traditional story, as well as for writers of creative nonfiction and poetry who want to delve into writing short fiction.


By the end of this course, the students will be able to:

• identify the initial idea for a short story;
• develop a short story by exploring point of view, characterization, timeline, sensory detail, imagery, and more;
• share their work in progress and provide feedback which will help their peers write the best possible story.


In Week 1 we will learn to identify the protagonist and the story.

In Week 2 we will do what Antonya Nelson calls “putting a clock on the story”.

In Week 3 we will explore theme and imagery.

In Week 4 will do something crazy and discuss what’s next for your story.


• Writing exercises: Each week students will complete writing assignments that will take their stories from the initial idea to the finished draft.

• Share work and provide feedback in discussion forums: Students will post their writing and give feedback on each other’s work.

• Assigned readings: Students will read assigned short stories and discuss them in forums to develop a better understanding of elements of short fiction.

• Progress discussions: Students will be encouraged to discuss their progress and reflect on their process.



Natalie received her MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is a former Translation Editor of The Lunch Ticket literary journal. She lives in Los Angeles where she writes fiction and translates poetry. Connect with Natalie on Twitter or on Instagram.    

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A Writing Practice 2
September 9 - 23, 2019
A Writing Practice 2
| Led By September 9 - 23, 2019
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A Writing Practice II is an INTENSE generative two week online nonfiction writing course with Andrea Tate. In this course, writers will create a piece of writing up to 1,200 words. Writers will receive editing feedback, and create a submission list for their new work. Genres include: nonfiction, memoir excerpts, essay, creative nonfiction flash, blog, or magazine articles.


Week One


Day 1: What to write? Identify Genre Selection

Day 2: What are editors looking for? Genre Research

Day 3: Get it down on paper—Rough Draft

Day 4: Themes and Author Intentions— Feedback on Rough Draft

Day 5: Incorporating Feedback— 2nd Draft

Day 6:  Crafting—Feedback on 2nd Draft

Day 7: Who will publish Me? Submission Research


Week Two


Day 8: Submission List —Identify a list of five publications

Day 9:Final Touches—3rd Draft Due

Day 10: A Good Fit—Feedback on 3rd Draft

Day 11: Marketing—Bios, Cover Letters, and Photos

Day 12: Let it go—Final Draft

Day 13: Submission Day—Submit Writing to Submission List

Day 14: Keeping Track—Create a Tracking System





Be Heard! Recording and Uploading Your Writing with Robert Morgan Fisher
| Led By September 9 - 23, 2019
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So you’ve been published and asked to do a promotional reading at a book store or on a radio show. Or maybe you’ve seen some of the new online publications/contests asking for “audio” and you’re asking: How can I get in on that? It’s actually a lot easier than you might think. And in today’s publishing world, it’s very important to be able to step up and read your work—either in a live public forum or online.


September 9 - 23, 2019


In this two-week intensive, we’ll look at the rapidly-expanding world of literary audio. We’ll download and listen to podcasts, find out what sort of equipment you need (don’t worry, it’s not that expensive and very low-tech) and explore submission opportunities (contests, publications, et cetera). Plus, we’ll also learn some practical tips on how to voice your writing. And if at the end of the course, you still don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, we’ll learn about alternate methods of recording your work.


* Study and discuss several literary audio podcasts and online audio literary journals.

* Learn how to download and use the right program and what kind of USB microphone to use.

* Learn how to convert a file to MP3.

* Learn how to create a “portable acoustically-correct studio” for less than $20.

* Demystification of the audio literary process and increased confidence in getting your own work properly recorded and out there.


Over the course of two weeks, we’ll explore literary audio on the web and discuss it in detail. I’ll also direct you to resources (many of them free) that you can bookmark for when you’re ready to record your work. The syllabus provides prompts to get the discussion going—but students are encouraged to come up with their own questions and avenues of thought.

Week 1

The New Yorker Fiction Podcast, Golden Walkman Magazine and other purveyors of literary audio. (At the end of the course, students will be asked to share and discuss their favorite pieces).

* Practical list of what you’ll need to record your work and the general cost. If you feel inspired to acquire equipment, I’ll walk you through setup during week two.

Discussion: What are the advantages of voicing your own work? How do the stories affect us when read by someone other than the author?

Week 2

* The important technical sites to bookmark and programs to download.

* How to create a “portable acoustically-correct studio” for less than $20.

* How to use recording programs like Audacity; how to edit and create an MP3.

* How to troubleshoot technical problems.

* How and when to record your work at a professional studio, the advantages/disadvantages.

* How to submit to audio literary magazines/contests.

Discussion: Do you feel more confident about recording your own work? What audio pieces did you like, if any, and why? What’s your plan for jumping into the world of literary audio?


Robert Morgan Fisher recently won the 2018 Chester Himes Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the 2019 John Steinbeck Award. His story, "Vox Rex" was Runner-up in 2015 for the coveted Miller Audio Prize in Fiction. His fiction and essays have appeared in Pleiades, Teach. Write., The Wild Word, The Arkansas Review, Red Wheelbarrow, The Missouri Review Soundbooth Podcast, Dime Show Review, 0-Dark-Thirty, The Huffington Post, Psychopomp, The Seattle Review, The Spry Literary Journal, 34th Parallel, The Journal of Microliterature, Spindrift, The Rumpus, Bluerailroad and many other publications. He has a story in the 2016 Skyhorse Books definitive anthology on speculative war fiction, Deserts of Fire and in the 2018 Winterwolf Press Howl of the Wild Anthology. He’s written for TV, radio and film. Robert holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and is currently on the teaching faculty of Antioch University Santa Barbara. Since 2016, Robert has led an acclaimed twice-weekly writing workshop for veterans with PTSD in conjunction with UCLA. He often writes companion songs to his short stories. Both his music and fiction have won many awards. Robert also voices audiobooks. (