4 Week Fiction Intensive with Janis Cooke Newman  (3/6 – 3/27)

Janis Cooke Newman (Photo by Chris Hardy)

Instructor: Janis Cooke Newman
Contact: j-newman@comcast.net
Number of sessions: 4
Meeting time: Tuesday nights, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Dates: 3/6 – 3/27

Course fee: $260, $100 deposit required to register

Contact the instructor to register. All deposits are nonrefundable

Description: In this 4-week class, we’ll cover all my favorite craft tricks of the fiction trade. The techniques that can take your writing into surprising new creative territory.

We’ll look at the published work of writers who are good at bad characters, who know how to tell a story in an original and compelling way. Plus, each week, I’ll assign writing exercises meant to push the  boundaries of your own fiction – exercises which you’ll present to the group for feedback. The idea here is both strengthen your own writing practice, and find new ways of telling stories.

Because the writing exercises are designed to generate new material, this class is suitable for writers beginning a project, as well as those working through a rewrite. Open to anyone interested in trying their hand at fiction writing. Short story writers and novelists welcome.

Instructor Bio: Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the Bay Area Bestseller, Mary, a historical novel about Mary Todd Lincoln. Mary was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, chosen as USA Today’s Best Historical Fiction of the Year in 2006, and a Booksense Year-End Highlight. Newman is also the author of The Russian Word for Snow, a memoir about adopting her son from a Moscow orphanage, which was published internationally. Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, as well as in several magazines, and newspapers including the NY Times, LA Times, and San Francisco Chronicle.