Lori L. Lake's Fiction Writing Courses


General Schedule

My 12-week classes generally feature a variety of activities and learning opportunities. I will do some presentation of materials and we'll talk each week about the work of master writers, a couple of whom will come to visit us in class. About half of our class time will consist of sharing and workshopping student writing.

The First Night

Introductions - Discussion of who we are, why we write, and what audience we want to reach. Provide general outline of class with detailed syllabus to follow next week. Housekeeping issues

Brief comments about the goals of the course: to read, write, and analyze in order to help us learn effective technique; introverts v. extroverts; diversity; seeing and understanding the path successful authors have taken before us; critiquing and cooperating (not competing) with fellow students; and above all, writing and completing major projects

In-Class Exercise(s)

In-Class Reading(s)

Brainstorming on Lecture subjects the students want to discuss

Determine volunteers for the first round of critiques which begin in Week 2 or 3 and set up a schedule

The Rest of the Class

I like to tailor the course reading selections, discussions, and lectures to the needs of the students in the class. After our first meeting, I'll have a very good idea what the students want to focus on, and for the second meeting, I'll provide a full Syllabus.


The Course Syllabus
After the class has met the first time, I will cook up a syllabus that meets the needs of the class. The basic outline for the current (or most recent) is here.


There are so many books that are helpful, but here are a few that I find indispensable.

"Well, the secret to writing is writing. It's only a secret to people who don't want to hear it. Writing is how you be a writer."
~Ursula K. Le Guin in The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination

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