Class Title: My Dog's Naughtier Than Your Dog: Favorite Pet Stories
Instructor: Stephanie Long
Class Term: March 26-April 30, 2018
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This class offers a fun and familiar topic as the basis of finding your story and engaging in creative writing exercises. Weekly writing prompts and style exercises are perfect for animal lovers and pet parents of all types.
Over this 5-week course, students will play with imagination and technique to hone their creative writing skills. Students will have weekly writing prompts based on everyday experiences with their pets, although embellishment will be encouraged. Writing exercises will focus on different craft tools including point of view, setting, character, style, and most importantly, finding the stories you have to tell. Writings will be shared with other students for mutual critique, as well as for use in other writing exercises.
At the end of this class, students will have two or three short, first- or second-draft stories about pets, basic stylistic skills that can be applied to journaling, fiction, essay, or memoir, and greater confidence in generating subject matter from everyday experiences. Beginning writers are welcome.
Instruction/Communication Method: Instructor will provide students with PDF files of required reading (minimal), and communication with the class with be via email and Yahoo Groups (or other equivalent forum).
- Unit 1: Writing style. Students will write a funny story about their pet. Readings on writing style.
- Unit 2: Perspective: Students will rewrite another student's story from the perspective of the main animal character. Readings on perspective.
- Unit 3: Character: Students will create a full character assessment of their pet. Readings on character.
- Unit 4: Setting/Description: Students will write a pet story with a focus on setting and description. Readings on setting/description.
- Unit 5: Editing: Students will chose a favorite piece from the course and improve it incorporating self-editing revision, feedback, and critique. Readings on editing.
Student Skills, Equipment, and Time Required
Word, Internet, Email. Writers of all levels encouraged to sign up.
Time Commitment: 2 hours per week, depending on how inspired your writing is!
Tuition/Fees for this course
SCN members: $160. Non-SCN members: $200.
Stephanie Long holds her J.D. from the accelerated two-year program at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and her B.A. in Philosophy from California State University Northridge, having taken special interest in existentialism and moral philosophy. She has volunteered for community literacy programs teaching underprivileged children lifelong skills in reading and writing; acted as a student teacher moderating and critiquing oral presentations for law students; and served as Student Editor for the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law. An avid reader since early childhood, she loves fiction and short story. She is passionate about the written word and a firm believer that learning is a lifelong pursuit. She is an active participant in animal rescue and has four naughty dogs tearing up her house.