Look for the catalog of 2020-21IntroSems to roll out here in August.
What does it take to write a novel, a book of short stories, or a collection of poetry? Have you ever wanted to meet a published author to ask questions about the writing life and what inspires their work?
In The Writers' Salon, we will meet and talk with three prize-winning writers from the Bay Area, including Creative Writing instructors here at Stanford, about how to get started. Reading as aspiring writers, we'll explore what makes a compelling story or poem and, importantly, how we can begin to do so ourselves. Questions we will consider include: What makes a compelling character? How do we write believable conversations between characters? What creates tension in a story and how does a writer sustain that tension? How can language itself, whether in a story or a poem, become a writer's focus? From week to week, you will complete a number of writing exercises culminating in a longer story or series of poems that you share with the class.