Short Fiction Online

This introductory course to fiction writing is a deep dive into storytelling. Students will do a series of writing exercises that will hone their skills in narration, description, dialogue and interior monologue. They will also participate in writing a collaborative short story with the class and then write their own original short story to be published in a class anthology. Students will receive personal feedback and guidance from the instructor, author of the book Teaching Students to Make Writing Visual and Vivid(12 available spots).

(This course is a prerequisite for Novel Writing; both courses can be taken in the same summer.) 

Course Schedule

9 - 10 a.m. - Morning meeting and sharing time, new writing exercise.
10 - 10:30 a.m.- Writing time for exercise.
10:30 - 11 a.m.- Share time
11 a.m.- noon - Lesson/discussion of big picture story elements - brainstorming activities.
noon - 1 p.m. - Lunch break
1 - 2 p.m. - Share story ideas/discuss them.
2 - 3 p.m. - Independent writing time/individual story conferences with Mr. Finkle over Teams.

About the Instructor

David Finkle
David Lee Finkle began his writing and cartooning career in Kindergarten during fire safety week when he was asked to draw a picture of what students should do if the school catches fire and in response drew a picture of children roasting marshmallows over the smoldering embers of the school. Amazingly, he went on to become a teacher and is currently a high school Language Arts teacher in Florida. His comic strip about teaching middle schoolers, "Mr. Fitz", has been running in Volusia County newspapers and online since 2000 (he has now drawn over 5,000 strips). His first novel, "Making My Escape", about an overly imaginative middle-schooler, was published in 2002. His Scholastic Professional books for teachers, Writing Extraordinary Essays and Teaching Students to Make Writing Visual and Vivid were published in 2007 and 2009.

Registration Information

Registration link will be emailed upon application approval

For Ages:
Grades 4-12

July 13-17, 2020


Scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need.

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For more information, please contact the Office of Continuing Education and Outreach at
386-822-7500 or [email protected]