Intro to Creative Writing
Risa Miller is an award-winning author and professor of creative writing. Her first novel, Welcome to Heavenly Heights (St. Martin’s), earned her the PEN New England Discovery Award, and became a New York Times New and Noteworthy Paperback (2004). Her most recent novel is My Before and After Life (St. Martin’s). Numerous essays and reviews have appeared in Post Road Magazine, the Boston Jewish Film Festival Magazine, and Hadassah Brandeis Institute’s 614 HBI eZINE. Risa serves on the creative writing faculty of Emerson College, and previously taught at Lasell College, the University of Massachusetts and Bar Ilan University.
In three weeks, students will complete a single short story. The class will begin with a writing exercise. Then, through lectures, readings, and in-class writing exercises, the instructor will introduce elements of craft such as, description, characterization, dialogue, scene vs summary, plot development, and some essentials of vivid prose. Students will apply these elements of craft to the original writing exercise and turn that exercise into a complete and polished short story.
This three week mini-course will introduce students to essential elements of the craft of fiction writing and to the very essential skill of reading fiction like a writer.
This is a 3 week workshop, 4 hours each session.