Through applying effort, drive and passion-and mastering the fundamentals-anyone can become an author. We will work to de-mythologize the artistic process by breaking it down into everyday acts that anyone can learn to do. You don't need to be touched by an angel of creativity to become an author, though this kind of opnion still prevails among certain literary elitists. You can write successful stories if you learn the tools, elements, and theory. Put what you learn into practice by witing and revising what you write. To acomplish this, we'll break down the creative act into things we can discuss. You will learn to write engaging short stories by mastering the elements of fictional writing, with a focus of the basics of popular short fiction. Classs cover a wide range of subjects including character, dialogue, idea generation, micro-writing, opening, plot, point of view, scenes, setting, structure, voice, publication strategies, and more. You will write several fragments and two short stories, plus possibly revise one or write a new one as a final project. You'll aslo practice editing by reading, critiquing, and discussing professionally published stories as well as each other's fiction, because mastering revision is the only way to improve your writing!
Michael Lehman has been a professor teaching writing for the past 7 years. Previous screenwriting and acting award winner, including 5 different Broadcasting Society Awards and placing in Austin's famed Screenwriting Festival. Mr. Lehman has also served as a ghost writer for a number of top selling books and has made a living not only teaching writing academically but also writing for recreation.