Interested in writing fiction but don’t know where to start?

Or, do you have a work-in-progress and need help with character and plot development?

Join us as we create and develop real characters, believable scenes, and unique story ideas. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, this writing class is for you.

Live classes will be held online and run for six weeks. All sessions begin at 6:00 PM (Pacific time) on Tuesdays. Video recordings will be made available after each class. Each session consists of lecture, group interaction, handouts, and writing assignments.

Classes in 2020 will be announced soon!


What to expect from the Fundamentals of Writing class:

Tools to develop characters, plot, and setting.

Handouts and recommended resources.

Live classes where you can ask questions about your writing.

Detailed feedback from your instructor.

Weekly writing assignments.

A safe environment for sharing your stories.

Video recordings of each class.

Encouragement and personalized help with your writing.


Classes are open to writers of all experience levels. Writing practice and assignments will help participants empathize with their characters, craft realistic dialogue, and create memorable scenes; then put everything together to write several short stories.

Cancellation Policy and Other Disclaimers: 

1. Please see the Levan Institute website for their cancellation policy.

2. The Fundamentals of Fiction class is an instructional class. Joan Raymond Writing makes no representations regarding publication of work and does not make any direct efforts to have student work published.