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8-Week Advanced Fiction Workshop

Class Begins Wednesday, April 3, 2019


$495 New Student | $470 Returning

To enroll you must have taken a Mixed Levels or Intermediate Fiction class before. This is an Advanced class intended for writers with workshop experience and a regular writing practice.

This advanced workshop is designed to make you a better writer, reader, and editor of fiction. We want you to come away from this course able to see more deeply and fundamentally into yours, as well as others’ work, and we want to expose you to a wide range of what is possible in the form. This course is geared for writers with a regular creative writing practice. If you have mastered the essential elements of craft and are looking for a rigorous workshop ready to offer in-depth constructive criticism on your works in progress, this is the class for you.

The instructor, Steve Adams, has selected one theory book (though he will recommend others), a number of individual short stories, and a novel excerpt for the workshop to work through and discuss in class. But the primary focus will be to read and respond to the stories you and your peers submit to the workshop. Many writers learn as much, if not more, about how to rewrite their own work by editing others than they learn from feedback to their own writing, so we’ll take this part very seriously. Students will have an opportunity to present their work twice to be workshopped. Each submitted manuscript will receive typed, formal feedback from both the instructor and classmates. Students’ participation in every area of the class is essential. At the end of the workshop you will have gained fresh perspective on your hard-won work and a clear direction as far as getting your writing ready to submit for publication.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction by Michael Noll. Assorted short stories/excerpts will also be provided by the instructor via email.

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • Meets Wednesday 6:45PM to 9:45PM / April 3, 2019 to May 22, 2019

  • Class meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

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Instructor Steve Adams’s creative nonfiction was included in the 2014 Pushcart Prize XXXVIII anthology and the Pushcart Press’s special 2018 anthology, Love Stories for Turbulent Times, listed as a "Notable Essay" in the 2016 Best American Essays, and published in The MillionsWillow Springs, The Pinch, Grist, Notre Dame Magazine, and elsewhere. His fiction has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, anthologized in Sudden Fiction (Continued), and published in Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Chicago Review, and elsewhere. He’s won Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers, been a guest artist at The University of Texas, a scholar at the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony as well as Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency, a resident artist at Jentel, and his plays have been produced in New York City. He is a writing coach and freelance editor at www.steveadamswriting.com.

Student Testimonials

“I always send my manuscripts to Steve first because I know he will focus on the big picture rather than dwelling on the small, obvious problems. He has helped me get three books in shape for publication, and I have come to rely heavily on his sound instincts. In today’s publishing world, where agents need manuscripts that are ready to submit and editors have less time to work with writers, Steve’s judicious suggestions have been invaluable to me.” 

“A deer in the headlights—that’s how I felt when I first realized I had a story to tell and no previous writing training whatsoever. Then a published friend suggested I talk to Steve Adams, and am I glad I listened! It turned out to be a vital step in getting my project off to a healthy start. Steve has an uncanny ability to immediately recognize where you’re going astray in your writing, but also the wisdom and experience to gently turn you around and point you in the right direction. He guides you with humor and encouragement, yet always remains practical and realistic. Steve Adams makes the intimidating mountain of the writing process scalable!”

“I hired Steve as my writing coach in January and had written six, short memoir pieces by July, all of them ready for literary submission. I could not have been this prolific without his encouragement, and I never would have submitted those pieces without his faith in my ability to get published if I just kept writing and putting it out there. Besides the fact that he's a joy to spend an hour with, and has a gentle critique sensibility, he also inspires with his own writing achievements that give us something to aspire to. I highly recommend him as both a writing coach and an author whose work you want to hold in your hands.”