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Outline for online writing class

Workshop Outline

Session One: Getting Started
Creative nonfiction; Descriptive writing; Using detail in your writing
Writing Assignment: A 500-word description of a public place—and the actions of the people in it—as though you were crafting a larger story about this place.

Session Two: Real-life Characters
An introduction to interviewing; Using quotes; Paraphrasing & summary; Adding description to interview material
Writing Assignment: A short “profile” of a real person, based on an interview (maximum 500 words). For a subject, you can use a friend or family member, or someone else you have reasonably easy access to (your boss, a local small businessperson, your minister, etc.). Use a combination of description, and quotes to portray not just the substance of the interview, but some aspect of the subject’s personality as well.

Session Three: Making Your Point—Logically
Structure & organization; Beginnings, middles and ends
Writing Assignment: Select a topic of your choice and write an opening (with an appropriate hook and lead), a summary of the body of the piece, and an ending (with an appropriate concluding device)—maximum 750 words.

Session Four: Style, Part I—Unity & Rhythm
Unity of viewpoint; Unity of pronoun; Unity of place; Unity of time; Rhythm and pacing
Writing Assignment: A complete article or essay on the topic of your choice, concentrating on the use of the stylistic techniques covered in this session (maximum 1,000 words).

Session Five: Style, Part II—Voice & Tone
Using an appropriate voice; How tone complements voice; Finding your voice
Writing Assignment: Put all of the piece together to write the first draft of an article, collection of related essays or other short pieces, or a chapter of a nonfiction book (maximum 2,500 words total).

Session Six: Polishing Your Prose
Drafts; Revision
Writing Assignment: An article, collection of related essays or other short pieces, or a chapter of a nonfiction book (maximum 2,500 words total). You may revise and rewrite the piece(es) you submitted for Session Five, based on the feedback you’ve received, or you may submit new work.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 06/30 at 08:56 AM






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