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Jenkins – Thursdays, Mar 18-Apr 15, 10am-12pm (Online)

For those dipping their toes into fiction, those at the start of a new project, or those who could use a refresher, this course guides students to use just the right details to build character and setting and to identify other crucial choices a writer faces when beginning a story. We’ll discuss texts with the aim of understanding the hidden skill at work: why writers select the form, perspective, narrative distance, and voice that they do. There will be craft lectures, writing exercises, and a workshop session to which students may elect to submit their works-in-progress.

Materials: None. The instructor will email PDFs of the readings to the students.


About the Instructor:

Kate Shannon Jenkins is an essayist, reporter, and critic whose work has appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Believer, LA Review of Books, LitHub, Guernica, Marie Claire, and others. She holds a masters in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from NYU. She is at work on her first novel and was a March 2019 fiction writer-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center.


This class is conducted online! A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Students will receive Zoom login information the day before the class starts. Student gives permission for The ArtsCenter and for instructor to use their image and comments in class recordings for promotional non-commercial purposes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online classes. 

All ArtSchool registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out. 

ArtsCenter members receive 15% off of the cost of this course!