You’ve taken so many courses focused on the literature of great writers that you’re finding yourself with a bit of a writer’s itch. Join us for a 7-week course on fiction writing led by a creative writing teaching assistant from Northwestern and meet once per week for two hours. In the first hour, we’ll review an assigned reading by a published author and discuss differing writing techniques. Following will be a group discussion and critique of class participants’ own works of fiction. (The semester will be structured so that each week, a few people submit printed copies of their short stories or book chapters to the group so that the following week, we can come together to discuss our notes on those pages.) Let the narratives of the classics guide you as you get creative and your imagination takes to the page! And while your own life probably tells a compelling story, no memoirs, please. This is a fiction class so channel those experiences into bringing characters to life. The required text for this study group is The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West (Penguin Twentieth-Century
Classics, 1998). Note: This study group will run during the last seven weeks of the semester.
* NOTE: Participants may register for this study group alone or in combination with a second 7-week study group. Registering for up to two 7-week study groups counts as one study group choice on your membership package, but it must be done through the OLLI office. Please indicate your choice(s) on your registration form. 7-week study groups include the following: Fostering Civic Engagement through the Creative Arts II; Our Declaration; Make Powerful OLLI Presentations; Fiction Writing Workshop I or II; Strangers in Their Own Land; Chamber Music Masterpieces for Larger Ensembles.