“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” – Neil Gaiman
“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” —George Orwell
“I sometimes think that writing is like driving sheep down a road. If there is any gate to the left or right, the readers will most certainly go into it.” – C.S. Lewis

Peer 2 Peer University:

This course was designed specifically with Peer 2 Peer University in mind. P2PU is a non-profit organization that facilitates equitable learning beyond institutional walls. They have developed a new model for online and offline learning called Learning Circles which are lightly-facilitated study groups for people who want to take online courses, together, in-person. These facilitated learning circles ensure that more people have the motivation they need to finish an online course and ensure that more people have access to these free online courses.

About This Course:

  • This is an 8-week FREE online course, taught as a Learning Circle, where you will do most of the work at home and will then meet in person once a week for two hours to discuss the work you’ve done, share your work, and problem solve together as a group. 
  • Registration is required, and should be done before attending the first in-person class through the P2PU website.
  • This class covers a lot of the basics of writing fiction, including: genres, character creation, setting, world building, dialogue, action, description, plotting, and editing.
  • Those who have attended at least five classes by the end of the 8 weeks, and who are present at the final class, will receive a certificate of completion. 
  • The Slack messaging app/website is a place where everyone can communicate and share their work outside of class time, if desired. It is free to use. (If using Slack, give a brief tour: “channels”, private messaging, and uploading documents.)
  • Specific links, dates, and locations for the class should be provided on a handout, as this website may be used by multiple classes around the world at the same time.

Class Discussion:

1.) Introduce yourself: Name & preferred pronouns (if any). What/who is your favorite book or author?
2.) What do you like to write OR what are you currently working on/plan to work on during the class if you have a WIP? 
3.) What influences/inspires your writing? Is it pop culture? Music? Things you see happening around you on the street? How does it influence your work? 

Group Assignments:

1.) This is just a quick exercise to help you get to know your classmates in a fun way. In groups of four choose one person to come up with two or three characters, another with a setting, another with a genre, and the last with a simplified plot. Then work together to write a paragraph or two as the start of a story. Share your work with the class.