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Exploring the Elements of Craft
Exploring the Elements of Craft

Instructor: Pam Sourelis

Genre: Fiction

Level: Both new and more seasoned writers

Length: Six-Session Workshop

Time: Six Wednesdays beginning February 9

Format: Zoom

Limit: 10

Price:  Member $325  Non-member $350


In this six-week workshop, you will explore techniques for generating story ideas; engage with in-class writing prompts that will encourage you to play with the basic elements of fiction: setting, characterization, time (scene versus summary), point of view, narrative stance, dramatic tension, language; and get more comfortable with the process and practice of writing.

Learning and sharing in a community of writers is not only enjoyable (once you get over your nervousness about it – and don’t worry, you will!), it can also be transformational. In this small (limit 10), real-time workshop, we will be writing together, sharing together, learning together. We will explore both the elements of fiction and the creative process.

The atmosphere will be friendly and open and will nurture your creative spirit.

This is a six-week, live, interactive workshop. We explore these elements of craft:

Week One: The Creative Process

Week Two: Describing Place (setting)

Week Three: Describing People (more than physical descriptions!)

Week Four: Describing People: Conflict

Week Five: Point of View and Scene

Week Six: Scene (cont.), Time, the Role of the Narrator

Pam Sourelis is a graduate of the Vermont College (now Vermont College of Fine Arts) MFA in fiction writing program. She is a published writer (short fiction and non-fiction) and an experienced writing instructor and workshop leader. She has taught for DePaul and Loyola universities in Chicago, the Illinois Writing Project, Ragdale Foundation (a non-profit artists’ community), and the Masters in Writing Program of Southern New Hampshire University, and has independently taught writing workshops for adults for over 25 years.

Pam is also a creative writing coach/mentor developmental editor, and animal communicator.


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