Online Fall Fiction Writing Workshop

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Join us online for the Fall Fiction Writing Workshop in October.  You will review key concepts, engage in writing exercises, and receive peer feedback along with a professional critique of your writing. This new workshop comprises two, four-hour days of online learning actively engaging you with other writers for an enjoyable experience that will strengthen your fiction.

Enrollment is limited to 12 current UPPAA members who will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure your membership is renewed for 2020 and then register for the workshop for an additional fee of $45.  Hurry, the deadline is September 15th , 2020 and no enrollments will be accepted after that date.

If you think you need an exception to the deadline, please contact to see if you can be put on a waiting list. 

SPECIAL NOTE: memberships MUST be renewed by September 11 to be able to attend this year’s fall virtual conference speaker series and workshops.

UPPAA Fiction Workshop


The workshop will be an online Zoom videoconference. You need to be comfortable with typing and using a computer to access the Internet.  You will also need a high speed Internet connection and a computer with a video camera and a mic.  We will send an email with a link for you to join the Zoom conference online.


  • Attend both days of the workshop as the skills build from the first day through the second.
  • 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2020
  • Each day includes a one-hour lunch break.

IMPORTANT: Receiving Professional Review and Peer Feedback

Submit two separate documents of your writing by 11:00 pm on September 19, 2020, to receive peer feedback and a professional edit with comments.

  1. Submit one document of up to three-pages for editing and comments by the instructors.  Name this document “For Professional Review (your name).” For example, For Professional Review Jose Garza.doc.
  2. Submit a second document of up to three pages for use during the workshop. These pages should be different than those in the first document. Label this document “For Peer Feedback (your name).”

Submission Requirements: double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, one-inch margins.

Selecting Pages to Submit

Each document you submit may be a complete story or an excerpt from a longer piece of fiction. The pages in the first document (For Professional Review) and in the second document (For Peer Feedback) should be different. They can be, but do not need to be from the same piece of writing.  The pages within each document should be contiguous.


Bethany and Doug Leonard of Red Ore Writers, Crystal Falls, MI, are authors and educators.

Between them they are published in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and have many years of experience teaching, including college writing, corporate workshops, and editorial coaching. They have presented at state, national, and international conferences.

Fiction Workshop Modules

Modules with an * include writing exercises.

Showing vs. Telling *

Practice identifying sentences that show and the words and phrases that make them showing sentences. Review the appropriate uses of telling and practice writing with showing and telling sentence.

Building Characters *

Practice building a character and then write your developed character into a fictional scene.

Less is More *

Identify opportunities to tighten and sharpen text. Practice techniques to reduce wordiness.

Dialogue *

Explore uses of dialogue. Practice using dialogue with action and dialogue tags to develop effects, such as cadence and character development.

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Learn a process for purposeful reading to strengthen your writing and your ability to give supportive, useful feedback to others.

Feedback Session

Receive feedback from a small group of fellow writers on your “For Peer Feedback” submitted pages. Feedback will be provided using the techniques presented in the workshop.

Professional Review

After attending the workshop, receive edits and comments from Bethany and Doug on the “For Professional Review” document you submit by September 19.

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