The Storyteller’s Eye

Photo of Matthew Arkin, online writing course instructorA Six-Draft Course in Creative Writing

In this private online writing course taught by Lead Story Editor Matthew Arkin, writers tackle a series of exercises that pull them through the development of a piece of original writing. 

Each completed assignment is returned with detailed notes and feedback, as well as an invitation to revise. The next assignment focuses on a different skill or element of craft, using the newest draft as the starting point.

At the end of the course, students will have six discrete drafts of the same piece to refer to as evidence of their progress and increased mastery.

The course includes 60 minutes of consultation by phone to be used as needed.


Exercise #1: The Image as Inspiration

How to write believable moments your readers can envision.

Exercise #2: The Living Character

How to create characters that live and breathe beyond the boundaries of the page.

Exercise #3: The Character in Need

How and why to create characters with compelling motivations and desires.

Exercise #4: The Turning Point

How to engineer decisive moments in your stories.

Exercise #5: The Story Beneath the Story

How to present subtext in dialogue and deed.

Exercise #6: The Resonant Ending

How to use three-act structure to surprise and satisfy your readers.


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