Sarah Anne Johnson

The Elements of Fiction

Your story or novel is made up of different elements that you can understand and examine in order to write more powerful prose. In this workshop, we’ll critique your manuscripts with an eye toward these critical elements of your fiction: words-sentences-paragraphs, dialogue, character, physical details, and point-of-view.

While examining your prose, we’ll also look at the work of some accomplished writers to study how they create those perfectly polished sentences, idiosyncratic details that place us specifically in a scene, and characters that jump of the page.

You’ll leave this workshop with ideas on how to improve your manuscript, and write powerful, compelling prose, as well as a list of authors to read.


The Elements of Fiction

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Sarah Anne Johnson

Sarah is the author of The Lightkeeper’s Wife (Sourcebooks), The Very Telling, The Art of the Author Interview, and Conversations with American Women Writers, all published by the University Press of New England. Her interviews appear in The Writer’s Chronicle, Glimmertrain Stories, Provincetown Arts, and The Writer where she is a contributing editor. Her fiction has appeared in Other Voices, and she is the recipient of residencies in fiction from Jentel Artists’ Residency Program and Vermont Studio Center. She has taught the Art of the Author Interview Workshop at Bennington College Writing Seminars MFA Program, Leseley University MFA Program, and at literary conferences.

The Elements of Fiction February 27, 2012