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Exploring Fiction: The Elements of Craft 8-Week Zoom Workshop, Join List For Next Class
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Exploring Fiction: The Elements of Craft 8-Week Zoom Workshop, Join List For Next Class

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Class Starts Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Class will meet weekly via Zoom (Wednesdays, 5:00PM - 7:00PM Pacific Standard Time).

Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.

When was the last story you read that really changed you? Maybe you thought about it for days, weeks, or you’ve re-read it over the years. And maybe you said to yourself, “I wish I could write like that. How’d they do that?”

This course is all about the how.

In this combination craft and workshop class, we will read and dissect the work of writers from different times and places and we’ll answer the question: how did they do that? What makes a story good? What makes it feel complete? What details will strengthen a story and enhance plot and which are unnecessary?

How do writers use their words to evoke emotion, create setting and carry us through the plot effectively so that the story—or even just one moment—sticks in our minds?

And really: how do we apply these tools to our own writing? Each student will have two opportunities to submit one piece of writing (10 page max) for critique. Although outside “homework” is not required, one of the goals for this workshop is for other students to read their peers’ work and offer their feedback as well. 

Readings will include work and excerpts from The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner; The Friend, by Sigrid Nunez; The Road, by Cormac McCarthy; Fortune Smiles, by Adam Johnson; “Marion,” by Emma Cline.


  • Learn how to infuse your work with color, humor, and feeling
  • Learn how simple tools like how noun and adjective usage can create feelings that strengthen your scenes and align with your story
  • Understand what your story is “about”
  • Learn what to cut and what to embellish

    By the end of the course you will have:

    • The tools you need to continue your writing practice
    • Completed drafts for further development, revision, and publication
    • The confidence that your story is meaningful for yourself and other readers


    "This class is a road map of how to go about creating a story and an opportunity to actually do it, and to witness what writing stories feels like and see where that leaves me. In other words, the class is a direct opportunity to engage in a process and witness that process work through me on many levels." - Tanna B, student

    "Before taking the fiction workshop with Michelle I didn’t think I could write a story. I wrote sermons, poetry, legal briefs, lectures, etc. but never a story. Writing these sort stories no matter how bad they are has been a real treat and new experience for me…The editing of my stories was spot on and very helpful. It taught me how not to get defensive of my work and accept what others see when they read it." - Kittye, student

    Michelle was super easy to work with and was able to intuit my needs as well as understand how I best receive feedback. Her insights and suggestions have been spot-on and in tune with my ‘voice’.” - Jennifer L. McBride McNamara


    This class meets weekly via Zoom. Come prepared for a super fun class with live interaction on Zoom each week and plenty of writing, reading, and talking!

    You can pay for the course in full or use Affirm, Shop Pay, or Lay-Buy to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. These options are available at checkout.
    • Instructor: Michelle Kicherer

    • Class Starts Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

    • Course is fully ONLINE and will meet weekly via Zoom on Wednesdays from 5:00PM - 7:00PM PST.

    Instructor Michelle Kicherer is a fiction writer, instructor and ghostwriter. She works on both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Michelle holds an MFA in English & Creative Writing and her work has appeared in The Berkeley Fiction Review, 580 Split, Into the Void, The Cutaway, 8142 Review and many others. Learn more about her here.

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