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The Essential Black Fiction Writer's Workshop: Character, Plot, & Editing | Workshop + Instructor Feedback

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Noro Otitigbe Saturdays, June 4-25
11a-2p ET
8a-11a PT
10a-1p CT
4 class sessions

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"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." - Toni Morrison 

Is there a story you have a burning desire to tell? Perhaps you're in the process of writing a novel or short story, and you're looking for feedback or experiencing writer's block. This interactive, online course will provide the essential tools to refine, complete, and receive feedback on your story-in-progress.

Each week we will examine a different topic that applies to your writing process. Participants will be encouraged to share pages of their completed short story with the class and receive constructive, supportive feedback from the instructor and fellow participants.

By the end of the course, participants can expect to know the basic publishing industry requirements for a novel and short story. In addition, each student will understand the importance of a regular writing routine, character development, plot establishment, and story editing.

Open to beginning and intermediate level writers who have a completed or work-in-progress story in hand. Students should be open to workshopping and providing feedback.

All class meetings will be held via Zoom. The link to join your Zoom classroom will be provided on the morning of your class. Please check spam folders if you do not receive an email confirmation upon registration. For more information on how to download or use Zoom, please click here.

Meet Your Instructor:
Noro Otitigbe

Noro Otitigbe is an author, playwright, and essayist. In addition, she is an accomplished spoken word artist who has performed on stages in Los Angeles, New York, Lagos, Berlin, and Venice. Otitigbe holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from New York University. She was an international theatre resident at the University of Ghana Theatre for Extension Communication program. Otitigbe is the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Jericho Fellowship Playwriting Prize. Otitigbe’s work has been published in Poets & Writers Magazine, Medium, and midnight & indigo Literary Journal.

Course Takeaways

  • Knowledge of publishing industry guidelines for novels and short stories
  • Understanding of what makes a character appealing
  • Understanding of how to establish an engaging plot
  • Techniques on how to edit your story

Course Expectations

  • Participants are encouraged to share excerpts from their work and offer feedback to fellow writers
  • Participants are expected to review and revise their story based on the instruction and feedback

Course Skeleton

  • Week One: Review of Publishing Industry Short Story and Novel Guidelines
  • Week Two: How to Develop a Character
  • Week Three: How to Enhance the Plot
  • Week Four: How to Edit While You Write