Putting It All Together: The Elements of Great Fiction 5-Week Generative Class with Ethan Joella, Starts Wednesday, June 7th, 2023
Class Starts Wednesday, June 7th, 2023
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Taught by Ethan Joella, author of A Little Hope (Scribner, 2021), which was a Read with Jenna Bonus Selection and A Quiet Life (Scribner, 2022). He lives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and teaches English and psychology at the University of Delaware.
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All levels welcome! In this individual online tutorial, you'll read short works of fiction weekly and use these pieces as springboards for low-stakes exercises (200-300 words weekly) in character, setting, dialogue, and point of view.
You'll receive feedback from Ethan after each submission. You'll study work by contemporary writers such as Claire Keegan, Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Diaz, and Lauren Groff.
In the final week, you'll put together what you've learned and submit a completed short story and receive feedback from Ethan.
- Week 1: Character reading and writing activity. Student will submit a brief exercise on character for feedback.
- Week 2: Setting reading and writing activity. Student will submit a brief exercise on setting for feedback.
- Week 3: Dialogue reading and writing activity. Student will submit a brief exercise on dialogue for feedback.
- Week 4: Point of view reading and writing activity. Student will submit a brief on point of view exercise for feedback.
- Week 5: Putting it all together. Students will submit and receive feedback on a complete short story.
- Students will make connections between the works of contemporary fiction writers and their own fiction writing.
- Students will complete low-stakes weekly exercises in character, setting, dialogue, and point of view. Any of these exercises might be expanded into the student's final longer work.
- Students will finish the course with one polished, cohesive work of short fiction.
"I really appreciated how the weekly feedback that was specific to my work. I would recommend this to any writer looking to take their work to the next level." - Tara K.
"This class exceeded my expectations. The assignments were well-defined, and Ethan's thoughtful feedback pushed me out of my comfort zone. I felt that the class was really well-scoped. I'd love to take further classes with Ethan, especially anything around character interiority and expressing a character's needs/wants." -Lizz H.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class is entirely asynchronous which means you complete the weekly assignments on your own schedule. There are no set meeting times.
Along with your weekly deadlines there is plenty of interaction with Ethan within Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and receive feedback within the online classroom environment.
You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule.
HOW DOES WET INK WORK?
Wet Ink was built and designed specifically for online writing classes. Wet Ink is private, easy to use, and very interactive. You can learn more about the Wet Ink platform by Watching a Class Demo.
Instructor: Ethan Joella
Class starts Wednesday, June 7th, 2023
Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.
Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.
Instructor Ethan Joella teaches English and psychology at the University of Delaware. A fiction writer and poet, he is the author of A Little Hope, which was a Read with Jenna Bonus Selection and A Quiet Life. He lives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.