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Nashville, TN, 37208

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Story Basics: A Crash Course in Fiction Writing

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Story Basics: A Crash Course in Fiction Writing

  • The Skillery 1323 6th Ave N Nashville, TN, 37208 United States (map)

A quick-and-dirty 101 on the basic of fiction writing, with exercises and examples aplenty.

Event Description:

This three-hour class is designed for people new to fiction writing. Perhaps you are a reader who would like to try your hand at being on the other side of the equation. Maybe you have a story in your head and need a jumpstart to get it down on paper.  Or perhaps you’re just one of those people who likes to dabble in new endeavors. In this workshop, we’ll consider the basic ingredients of fiction—characters, plot, setting, and dialogue, and we’ll experiment by putting the ingredients to work with fun writing prompts and exercises.

About the Teacher:

Susannah is a fiction writer, freelance writer, teacher, editor, and native Nashvillian. In 2009, after many years away from her hometown, she returned to put down roots with her family in East Nashville. Since then she has been an adjunct faculty member at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, and has taught a series of fiction workshops independently, aka the beta-version of The Porch. Previously, Susannah taught creative writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, at Gallery 37's after-school arts program in Chicago, and in several other youth and community workshop settings. Her first novel, "This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record," was published in 2008 by Featherproof Books, an independent publisher based in Chicago.

Susannah was the recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction for 2013. She has been awarded the Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Oxford American, The Sun, Quarterly West, Corium, Redux, Hobart, Five Chapters, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency,, Wigleaf, Quick Fiction, Chapter 16, and others. She earned her BA with Highest Honors in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

About the Hosting Organization:

The Porch fosters the artistic and professional development of writers and promotes a vibrant and diverse literary culture in Nashville through educational, inspiring, and community building opportunities and events for adults and youth.


Registration is $41, here.


Questions about this class? Contact Susannah Felts at

Earlier Event: January 22
CO.STARTERS: Winter Session
Later Event: January 30
Office Hours with Hannah Messinger