Course Description

The Fiction Writer's Workshop is designed for every level of writer who is seeking to develop the tools needed to write a story or begin a novel. By combining in-class exercises and reading your work out loud, you will gain an understanding of how to shape a compelling story. Everyone has a story. This class will give you the tools to unlock the story in you.

This workshop is available as a traditional on campus or online course, and is fulfills one of the course requirements for our Writing Digital Badge.


Ages 16+


"This class encouraged and instructed my writing in new ways. It added commitment, discipline, and improved techniques, all of which brought new levels of excitement into my writing practice. Thank you Professor Ehrke!" Edward Barnett

"I took the Fiction Writer's workshop at Harper College. My instructor Laura Ehrke introduced me to a myriad of different questions writer's should be asking themselves while composing a story and she exposed me to short story writers who have been extremely influential on my writing. She imparted the tools needed to forestall stagnancy because it takes more than heart to translate the thoughts of one's head onto the page. She understands that growth comes from challenging yourself. And she teaches this in a calming, cheerful demeanor.

Her lessons are an essential reason as to why I was accepted into Columbia College's Creative Writing Program for this upcoming Fall semester. Her course was my first writing class I had taken since I was in college and have no doubt she helped reacclimate me to the academics side of writing along with everything else I noted above." Kyle Lavelle

"I enjoyed the class and plan on utilizing the materials you provided us in the future. The pieces shared in the workshop are a great source for reading different styles of writing."


Applies Towards the Following Digital Badges

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Fiction Writer's Workshop
Online: With Live Meetings
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Apr 06, 2022 to May 11, 2022
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Course Fee(s)
Tuition and Fees non-credit $259.00
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