Online Finding Your Material Workshop

7-Week Online Finding Your Material in the Real World

Class Begins Monday, April 1, 2019


$450 New Student | $425 Returning

This online course will give writers new tools to generate, track, and develop a bank of unique story ideas. How do great writers come up with their ideas? How can we control the finicky process of inspiration? How do we find the material we were meant to write? In this class, students will learn to use an idea tracker to manage and expand their ideas, and create an individualized media diet that provides a steady flow of inspiration. We’ll also use Jeff VanderMeer’s Wonderbook to unpack the demystify the way a writer’s imagination works. And we’ll learn to develop and combine those ideas into the right beginning for a draft. Students will leave the class not only with dozens of new ideas, but also methods to keep ideas flowing in perpetuity. Avoid cliché stories and writers block by having a ready stable of stories. This class is open to writers of all levels and genres.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase a copy of Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer.

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • April 1, 2019 to May 20, 2019

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

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

Ethan Chatagnier Online Finding Your Material Workshop

Instructor Ethan Chatagnier is the author of Warnings from the Future, a short story collection forthcoming from Acre Books in fall 2018. His stories have been awarded a 2018 Pushcart Prize and named a notable story of the year in the 2011 Million Writers Award. His work has been published or is forthcoming in literary magazines including the New England Review, Glimmer Train, Georgia Review, Cincinnati Review, Five Points, Kenyon Review Online, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, Barrelhouse, Ascent, and Necessary Fiction. He is a graduate of California State University Fresno, where he won the Larry Levis prize in poetry, and of Emerson College, where he completed his M.A. in Publishing and Writing.

Student Testimonials

"Ethan Chatagnier's class really opened my mind and gave me an actual process for mining for ideas that I can use on a regular basis. I feel like I know how to look at, read, or hear anything in the media and come up with not just one but multiple story ideas from it. I had never thought about how to look for questions, conflicts, and characters like that before. It feels like learning how to "flip the script" and find angles like in journalism, but from a literary perspective—which is something I feel I've drastically needed in my journey as a writer!"