Advanced Fiction Writing

Mar 07, 2022 - Apr 01, 2022
Application Deadline:
Mar 06, 2022
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 class will offer writers (preferably those who have taken the Introduction to Fiction Writing Course with the same instructor) to continue revising their short stories and novel manuscripts while getting constructive feedback and response from peers. This course will focus on reading works of accomplished writers and decipher how they construct meaning and themes in their fiction and resonate with a universal audience (without any pandering). We will also be paying attention to the already-studied elements of fiction (characters, plot, setting/world building, point of view, voice, structure and dialogue) and learn how to maneuver them differently in different fiction pieces. We will discuss how to provide productive feedback, revise work in an objective fashion (develop revision strategies), and how and where to send work after polishing (top literary magazines, agents, MFA programs and writers' residencies).

Writing is a serious endeavor. It is a solitary craft which needs time, discipline, life-long commitment and support in the form of first-readers who help in the early process of revision. This is where fiction peers and workshop become important. Workshopping fiction pieces is the main agenda for this short course. Students who have already learned the way fiction workshops operate through the Introduction to Fiction Writing Course will get another chance to showcase their work and receive response.

Learning Outcomes:

  • learn to study short stories and novels.
  • learn to examine works and craft talks of various distinguished writers.
  • learn how to provide and receive criticism from peers on your individual short stories.
  • learn to send your work to literary journals, agents and publishers.

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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