Workshops and Classes

Back to Basics: Exploring the Elements of Creative Writing

My most popular workshop at The Loft Literary Center is Back to Basics: Exploring the Elements of Creative Writing. In this online class, we will explore essential building blocks of creative writing through interesting lessons and fun exercises. Each class is completely devoted to one element of story to sharpen your skills in that area.

Whether you need some fixes for common plot problems or want to brush up on dialogue, these targeted classes will provide you with the strategies and techniques to increase the depth your writing.

  • Week 1: Beginnings/Endings
  • Week 2: Point of View
  • Week 3: Narration
  • Week 4: Suspense/Plot
  • Week 5: Characterization
  • Week 6: Dialogue
  • Week 7: Setting/Description
  • Week 8: Revision

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About The Loft

Each year the Loft engages more than 3,000 beginning, intermediate and advanced writers in learning opportunities, hosts more than 100 authors in readings and dialogues that draw more than 10,000 people, connects with more than 160,000 unique visitors through digital resources on our website, collaborates with at least 30 local and national organizations to enrich the literary environment and, through contracts, awards, and grants, pays writers more than $400,000.

In their evaluations, 96% of students report that their class helped them improve their writing, 91% identified their next steps as a writer, and 94% would recommend their class to others.  Visit the course catalog with a complete list of classes in poetry, nonfiction and fiction.

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