Fiction Workshop

Course Description

An advanced course in writing fiction. Students will analyze sophisticated principles of fiction writing, evaluating different strategies for successful fiction, including non-traditional approaches. Students will write and revise advanced level original work, and provide rigorous feedback for their peers in a workshop setting.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an original fictional voice.
  • Effectively apply a sophisticated and informed understanding of elements of fiction to the process of revision.
  • Produce a polished original short story or chapter of a novel.
  • Effectively apply a sophisticated and informed understanding of elements of fiction to analyze the work of others and provide useful critical suggestions for improving that work.


Two drafts of a 15-20 page story or novel excerpt, Workshop critiques, Writing exercises, Reading/writing journal.


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We’re proud to be a Veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 230,000 alumni worldwide.

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Apply or transfer any time. Classes start monthly, and applications are accepted year round.

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School of Arts, Letters, and Sciences

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School of Arts, Letters, and Sciences
Jackson M., Class of 2021, Military Veteran