Achieving Fiction Fluency

from Shortest to Longest

Award-winning writer Eric Witchey will lead a two-part seminar series that guides writers to a deep understanding of the relationship between the writer’s manipulation of text on the page and the reader’s participation in the creative process. The sequence is broken into two, four-week seminars. Each four-week sequence can be attended alone, or both sequences can be attended for an exploration of the entire spectrum of concepts and techniques. The first sequence covers flash fiction, short-shorts, and short stories. The second sequence covers longer forms of fiction.

Short Fiction Fluency

Every story, from flash to novels, makes use of the concepts and techniques presented and practiced in this course on short forms. The course will meet for four hours on four consecutive weekends. Writers will be exposed to underlying concepts of form, function, and process. Exercises will help attendees master immediately useful skills. The skills presented build on one another so that attendees will be able to develop, control, and revise flash, short-short, and short stories once they leave the seminar. Everything the attending writers learn about short story development will also be useful writing novels. Of course, novels require additional time, effort, and technique for reader emotion and textual real estate management.

SPRING SEMINAR DETAILS

4 Saturdays: May 6, 13, 20; June 3 (no class May 27)

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Wordcrafters Workshop, 438 Charnelton, Suite 102, Eugene

Cost: $297

Save $45 when you register for both seminars

 

Long Fiction Fluency

Long-form fiction includes novellas, novels, and groups of novels. This seminar will focus on how the reader experiences text and why that knowledge is important to long-form writers. Concepts and techniques will address the relationship between readers and story structure, story design and word choice, character and EVERYTHING, and process and result. Each week will build on the last. Techniques presented and practiced will always be grounded in a foundation of reader emotional response to story and text. Attending writers will walk away with tools that will save them hundreds of hours and be immediately useful in planning, execution, composition, and revision of long projects.

FALL SEMINAR DETAILS

4 Saturdays: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Wordcrafters Workshop, 438 Charnelton, Suite 102, Eugene

Cost: $297

Eric Witchey has sold more than a hundred short stories in many genres to publications like Clarkesworld, Writers of the Future, Writer’s Digest, and many others. He has published four novels. His most recent novel is called Bull’s Labyrinth. He also recently published a collection of short stories called Professor Witchey’s Miracle Mood Cure. Eric has been a working writer and teacher of writing for more than twenty-five years. He is a native of Oregon, and currently lives in Salem, Oregon.