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

Noro Otitigbe Saturdays, Oct. 22- Nov. 12
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 that you have a burning desire to tell? Perhaps you started a novel or short story, but you're experiencing writer's block. The Essential Black Fiction Writer's Workshop: Character, Plot, and Editing is a four-week course that will provide you with the essential tools to refine and complete your story.

Each week, we will examine a different topic that applies to your writing process.Afterward, participants will be encouraged to share pages with the class and receive constructive and 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 beginner and intermediate writers.

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

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

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