A Six-Exercise Guided Mentorship in Creative Writing
In this self-paced online writing course taught by Matthew Arkin, writers tackle a series of exercises designed to evoke vivid imagery and active characterization in the pursuit of the “vivid and continuous dream” that is the hallmark of great fiction.
Matthew will provide in-depth notes on each submission to help students understand how their decisions about imagery, description, characterization, tone, theme, and more affect the reader. The course concludes with an hour-long one-on-one phone or Skype consultation.
Exercise #1: The Image as Inspiration
Creating moments your readers can see.
Exercise #2: The Living Character
Creating a character that lives and breathes far beyond the boundaries of the page.
Exercise #3: The Character in Need
Creating desire and compelling pursuit.
Exercise #4: The Story Beneath the Story
Developing subtext in dialogue and deed.
Exercise #5: The Turning Point
Crafting decisive moments in your stories.
Exercise #6: The Resonant Ending
Using three-act structure to evoke surprise and satisfaction in your readers.