Fiction Workshop: An Introduction to Fiction Writing


Fiction Workshop: An Introduction to Fiction Writing


Level: Introductory

Instructor: C. Gregory Thompson

Location: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Begins: September 30 2019
Ends: November 24, 2019


If you have always harbored the wish to create fictional characters and worlds, but have never tried, this class is for you. In this 8-week class, the student will learn the basics of fiction writing. We will cover point of view, first sentences, plot, character, conflict and resolution, description, dialogue, setting, and theme. Suggested rules of writing will also be examined.

Think of this class as taking stepping stones to writing that story you have always wanted to write. We will lead you slowly step-by-step through the process of creating a story. By the end of class, each student will be well-versed in the mechanics of writing in general, and in the specifics of writing fiction. When the class has finished, the student will have learned enough to complete a short story or even to start the beginning of a novel. During class, each student will begin to write their very own short story. The coursework will include assigned readings, writing exercises and interaction with the instructor. You will receive written feedback on your work on a weekly basis.

Class Outline

Week 1: Elements of Fiction

Week 2: Point of View: What Is It?

Week 3: First Sentences: How to Write Them

Week 4: The Plot: How to Tell the Story

Week 5: Characterization & Dialog: How To Write Them

Week 6: Setting: What Is It?

Week 7: Endings & Revision: What Are They?

Week 8: Wrap Up: A Look Back

Instructor Bio

C. Gregory Thompson, a Pushcart Prize nominee, writes fiction, nonfiction, plays, and memoir. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Maine Review, STORGY Magazine, Writers Resist, Five:2:One, Cowboy Jamboree, Full Grown People, The Offbeat, Printers Row Journal, Reunion: The Dallas Review. His work also appears in the anthologies: Made in L.A., Vol. 2, and Writers Resist: The Anthology 2018. He was named a finalist in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s 2015 Fiction Contest. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert.


“C. Gregory Thompson's short stories are sharp and original slices cut from slightly warped, off-kilter worlds where the fantastical and magical often collides with the hard-bitten truth of daily life. It tastes fresh and fearless.”

Mark Haskell Smith, Author of Naked Lunch

“C. Gregory Thompson illuminates the complex lives of a wide range of characters with great empathy, wit, and eloquence. He knows how to weave a compelling tale and present our secret dreams with grace and power.

Mary Otis, Author of Yes, Yes Cherries

“‘Runner, Runner’ is a fantastic piece. It's the kind of profile of character and place we relish.”

Adam Van Winkle, Editor, Cowboy Jamboree