Elements of Fiction: The Essential Keys to Great Writing | Newberry

Elements of Fiction: The Essential Keys to Great Writing

Led by Judy Pomeranz
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Four sessions, Thursdays, July 29 - August 19

2 - 3:30 pm (Central Time)


Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to seminars@newberry.org.

Seminar Description

A working knowledge of the eight key elements of fiction is essential to any writer’s ability to bring their work to life. In this workshop, we will examine the use and mastery of the elements of character, plot, theme, point of view, setting, voice, style, and the literary devices through discussion, readings, and exercises designed to help participants thoughtfully utilize each in their work.

Four sessions. Registration – $170

Judy Pomeranz is an author of two novels and many short stories; she is also an art critic, lecturer, and advisor. She has taught fiction writing courses at the Georgetown University School of Summer and Continuing Education, as well as the Smithsonian Associates Program.

Materials List


  • A free digital course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed electronically before the seminar begins.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.