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How to Write Layered Fiction with Joseph Scapellato

$65.00 · January 23

In this single-session craft-focused class, we’ll take a crack at practical approaches to creating interconnected, layered, and weighty works of fiction.

Start Date

January 23

Day(s) of the Week


Class Times

6:00pm – 8:00pm CT




Zoom (online)




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Are certain sections of your fiction feeling a little thin? Sort of flimsy, here and there? Or otherwise unconnected, in a way that’s hard to pin down? If so, then “How to Write Layered Fiction” might be for you!

In this single-session craft-focused class, we’ll take a crack at practical approaches to creating interconnected, layered, and weighty works of fiction. Through a sequence of interactive exercises, you’ll explore several helpful concepts, all of which you’ll have the chance to apply to your current projects and drafts—we’ll discuss “narrative density,” consider what your characters are “in the middle of,” and practice “lingering,” among other things.

The goal is for you to leave this class with new tools and fresh ideas that you can immediately
put to use in your projects.

We are able to offer a limited amount of both 50% scholarships for our multi-week classes and 100% scholarships for our single-session classes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students may receive one scholarship per term. Click here to apply for a scholarship spot.

About Joseph Scapellato

Joseph Scapellato is the author of the novel The Made-Up Man (2019) and the story collection Big Lonesome (2017). He was born in the suburbs of Chicago and earned his MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University. His work appears in Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, Post Road, and other places, and has been anthologized in 40 Stories, Gigantic Worlds: Science Flash Fiction, and The Best Innovative Writing. Joseph is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Bucknell University and lives in Lewisburg, PA, with his wife, daughter, and dog. He's been teaching classes at StoryStudio Chicago since 2015.