Creative Writing


This student-centered creative writing workshop will walk you through the process of writing a short story, culminating in you writing your own stories. Through discussions and activities, the workshop will introduce you to the elements of a story and the rhetorical features of creative writing, including purpose, audience and author’s position. You will learn to perform an analysis to inform what you present in your stories and how to present it. The course will address the larger question of what makes some stories more memorable than others. Working individually and collaboratively with your classmates, you will learn how to evaluate stories, provide feedback and use the feedback you receive to redraft your stories. Unleash your creativity this winter, and get ahead with your writing.

Sessions will run daily from 9 am to 12 pm. Enrolled students are expected to spend between two to three hours daily working on their projects independently.  

  • Learn what a short story is and what its elements are.
  • Understand what makes a great and memorable story.
  • Learn how to read a story, get ideas and become inspired to write.
  • Understand your target audience and purpose.
  • Choose your story idea and theme. Understand the different themes that stories might have and how to develop them.
  • Learn how and when to come up with a title.
  • Understand the plot, the setting and the point of view, and learn how to develop them.
  • Choose the types of characters for your story, and learn how to develop them and make them believable.
  • Learn about the emotional appeal of a story and its effect on the readers. Understand how the style and language used in your story affect your readers and how to make the right choices about style and language. 
  • Understand story description, narration and dialog. 
  • Learn how writers review and revise their work and how to identify and address gaps. 

Students ages 14+ with an interest in writing are eligible to enroll.

Fluency in the English language is required.

Oral and written communication: Express your ideas orally and in writing.
Critical thinking and reading: Analyze the literary needs and interests of your target audience and evaluate stories.
Teamwork: Provide constructive feedback to, collaborate with, and support other participants in the sessions.
Knowledge outcomes: Learn rhetorical analysis and the basic elements of a story.

Aliaa Hamad (MA ’99)

Aliaa Hamad is a senior instructor at AUC’s Department of Rhetoric and Composition, where she has taught various writing courses. Hamad holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature, a Master of Arts in teaching English as a foreign language and a PhD in linguistics. Her first book, “Be Careful What You Wish For,” a collection of short stories and vignettes, was published in 2017.




Course cancellation due to low enrollment 

Three weeks before the program’s start date

100% refund of program fees

Medical withdrawal

Two weeks before the program’s start date

100% refund of program fees