Introduction to Fiction Writing

Sep 18, 2023 - Oct 13, 2023
Application Deadline:
Sep 17, 2023
4 Weeks
Monday - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Wednesday - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Delivery Method:

This course will dive into the craft and the art involved in writing fiction. The course will focus on learning the principles of good storytelling (setting, characterization, plot, opening and hooks, dialogue etc), analyzing various literary texts, craft talks and revising personal writing drafts.

Learning outcomes:

This fiction course will be divided into craft and workshop time. For the workshop hours, the students will be expected to work on their short stories (own work) and learn how to critique and receive feedback (constructive criticism) from their peers.

For craft classes, the students will be expected to read short stories or novel excerpts assigned to them via email so they can contribute in discussions. There will be several in-class writing prompts to understand each others voice and thematic concerns.

Students will be reading and discussing short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri, Wells Tower, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and other writers. The class will also be examining craft talks by various writers to dive deeper into the creative process, the writing and the subsequent drafting and revisions.

*Participation in class must be based on mutual respect for differences in tastes, interests and skill-set. An atmosphere of understanding and empathy where every writer feels valued will be created. *

Course Criteria:??To take this course, the participant's age should be 15 years old and above.

Click here to view the complete course outline.
Kanza Javed
Kanza Javed graduated with an MFA in Fiction from West Virginia University, where she won the Rebecca Mason Perry Award for her work. She is also a recipient of two State Department Funded Research Grants.

Her debut novel, 'Ashes, Wine and Dust' was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize and is still currently a national bestseller in South Asia. Her short stories have been published in American Literary Review, The Punch Magazine, Salamander, Greensboro Review and The Malahat Review. She won the Reynolds Price Prize for Fiction (Center for Women Writers, Salem College), and has been a finalist for the 51st New Millennium Writing Award, Salamander Short Fiction Award and the Robert Watson Literary Prize.

Most recently, her second book, a collection of short-stories, What Remains After a Fire, has been shortlisted for the 2022 Literary Awards, by the Sante Fe Writer's Prize.

She is represented by United Talent Agency and C & W (The Curtis Brown Group UK).

Course Fee: TBA

Note: CES may cancel or postpone a course due to insufficient enrolment or unforeseen circumstances. In this case, the university will refund registration/processing fee (if any) but will not be responsible for any other related charges/expenses including cancellation/change charges by airline and travel agencies.

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Participants must register online through the CES website by clicking on their desired course and filling out a one-page form. Before starting the registration process, please ensure that you have the following:

- A passport-sized photograph for the CES smartcard. It should be against a white background.

- Correct CNIC details.

Incorrect information provided during the registration process will lead towards cancellation of your enrolment at any stage, and participants will not be entitled to claim a refund.

Once you have completed your online registration, you may proceed to the payment section. You have two options:

1. Pay online using your bank debit/credit cards through LUMS online payment system

2. Download the fee voucher and deposit cash in any branch of the designated banks specified on the fee voucher.

Once the payment has been made, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 to 48 working hours, and your payment status will be updated to "ENROLLED" in the online application portal.


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