Fiction 1: Raising the Stakes

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Fiction 1: Raising the Stakes

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What is the one thing your protagonist must accomplish? What happens if they fail? Why should the audience care?

These are some of the hard questions this course will have students ask of their own work. Taking a macro-level approach to story, it will guide students in fine-tuning the key narrative components that grip audiences and keep them coming back for more. Universal components useful to all writers across the genre spectrum, from literary to popular fiction.

This four-week course will include lecture, group discussion, and in-class readings. Students will complete conceptually-oriented, take-home writing challenges, examining and tweaking their stories from a big-picture perspective. Weekly progress on these exercises will be shared with the class for constructive feedback. 

  • Instructor: Keith Potempa

  • Length of workshop: 4 weeks

  • Date: Mondays, Sept. 10 - Oct. 1

  • Time: 7 - 9 p.m.

  • Location: Humanities Tennessee Offices: 807
    807 Main St., Ste. B
    Nashville, TN 37206

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About the Instructor:

Keith R. Potempa holds an M.F.A. in Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast Program, where he studied under Hugo and Bram Stoker award winning authors. Keith has completed three novels to date in the genres of literary, young adult, and heroic fantasy. He is currently seeking representation. His short fiction has appeared in several small-press publications including Hair Trigger and Storyteller. Keith currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, the burlesque headmistress and performer, Freya West. He also serves as a teaching artist in Watkins College's Community Education program.