Finding Your Story


Experiment with different sources for stories, such as life experiences, news articles, interviews, history, and mythology, and use in-class exercises to discover the best ways to tell them.

Starting at $485.00
As few as 7 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Learn to use every day sources as starting points for stories
  • Complete in-class writing exercises to improve your writing craft
  • Get feedback on your works-in-progress from other writers
  • Experiment by writing in genres like fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and even songs

About this course:

The scariest part of writing is staring at that blank page! This workshop is for anyone who has wanted to write but doesn't know where to start or for writers who feel stuck and need a new form or jumping off point for unique story ideas. The course provides a safe, playful atmosphere to experiment with different resources for stories, such as life experiences, news articles, interviews, history and mythology. A series of in-class exercises explore or introduce different writing forms—such as short stories, personal essay, plays, and even poems or songs—and generate a notebook filled with unique story ideas from which you craft several short pieces.

Summer 2024 Schedule

Date & Time
This section has no set meeting times.
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Instructor: Rochelle J. Shapiro
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ENROLL BY: Jul 24, 2024
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Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

This online course is conducted through Canvas, a secure website that allows students to log in to access lectures, discussions, and other course materials on demand. There are no required live class meetings. Each course is structured with weekly assignments and deadlines. Lectures and coursework are accessible throughout the week. Workshops are conducted in writing via discussion boards with your instructor and classmates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after August 07, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

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Speak to a student advisor. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
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