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Fiction Writer's Toolbox

Learn the basics of writing fiction

In these six classes, we will explore structures and skills that support and enhance the fiction writer’s art. We will consider concepts and craft-based techniques for advancing writing.

Each week is an individual craft talk followed by a question and answer period, so register for as many weeks as you wish, per your interest. 

March 10 / Entering the Fictional World. This class considers why we’re driven to write fiction while providing advice for getting started, developing a writing process, and creating compelling beginnings for short stories or novels.

March 24 / Character & POV. This class will focus on creating fully rounded characters your readers will care about, as well as an overview of point of view (POV).

April 7 / Structure & Plot. This class examines plot, story arc, and structure, with additional guidance surrounding backstory, flashbacks, and how to encourage readers to keep turning the page.

April 21 / Setting & World Building. This class will look at setting and description, including strategies for enhancing a sense of place in your fiction and creating believable worlds.

May 5 / Voice & Dialogue. This class will examine the mechanics and finesse of writing dialogue, as well as the more elusive concept of “finding your voice” as a writer.

May 19 / Workshopping, Revision & Next Steps. This class will offer a roadmap for continuing to strengthen your fiction, including advice surrounding workshops, revision, and an overview of the publishing landscape for fiction.

Laura Maylene Walter’s debut novel, BODY OF STARS, is forthcoming from Dutton. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, The Masters Review, The Southeast Review, Ninth LetterMichigan Quarterly Review, and many other publications. She works as a writer and editor for Cleveland Public Library, is editor-in-chief of Literary Cleveland's Gordon Square Review, and blogs for the Kenyon Review.

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South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
Phone: 216-382-4880
Fax: 216-382-4584
Branch manager
Brijin Boddy

Mon, Oct 26 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Oct 27 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Oct 28 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Oct 29 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Oct 30 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Oct 31 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Nov 01 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

Passport processing and photo services are available at this location 7 days a week, no appointment necessary.

Upcoming events

Thu, Nov 05, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Curious about self-publishing?

Sun, Nov 08, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
A poetry open mic, moderated by the City of South Euclid's first Poet Laureate, "Doc" Janning.

Mon, Nov 09, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
A fiction writing workshop for writers with previous workshop experience.
Registration is now closed

Wed, Nov 11, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
A fiction writing workshop for writers with previous workshop experience.
Registration is now closed