Introspective Fiction Writing ::

Write a story for the ages...

A course for writers who like to explore the truths of life through story.

Delve into the questions of the human experience by learning from the greatest authors of all time: Tolkien, Melville, Austen, Dostoyevsky, Asimov, Bradbury, Orwell, George Eliot, and others.

By imitating and studying these authors, you will learn how to write a full, deep story, expand your vocabulary and writing style, and engage in literary questions. A writing course unlike any other, immerse yourself in Introspective Fiction Writing with step-by-step, guided exercises, and group discussions to bring your writing craft to a whole new level!

"Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality....This book has pores. It has features. This book can go under the microscope…. The good writers touch life often." -Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

All 5 sessions :: $130

Wednesday evenings from 7p - 8:15. September 18th - October 30th, with no class on October 2nd or 9th.


This course will be taught by Elizabeth Russell.

Space is limited. To register for Introspective Fiction Writing please email or call us or register online.

About this teaching artist:

Elizabeth Russell, local since 2007, is the author of two novels, runs a website dedicated to the literary classics,, and has taught writing for the past three years. With a Bachelors in Liberal Arts, she has dedicated herself to reading as many of the greatest authors of all time that she can get her hands on, whether 2000 years old, or 2 weeks.

About the art:

Mirror Frame with Tree of Life Motif

Artist unknown from India, from the Mughal period, 17th/18th century. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

From the Art Institute's webpage ::

"This exquisite Mughal mirror frame of pale-green nephrite jade is inlaid with gems in the kundan technique, a quintessentially Indian method of gem setting. The motif of this luxury item designed for the Mughal court is a tree of life with inlaid gold stems and leaves and buds of rubies, diamonds, and emeralds. Above the naturalistically depicted plant are two abstracted Chinese-style clouds in gold. Acanthus-leaf motifs adorn the top and bottom of the frame, while the mirror handle is in the shape of an unopened flower bud.

Jade was imported into India from the Khotan region of China. The owner of the jade concession there, the merchant Khwaja Mu’in, visited the court of Mughal emperor Akbar in 1563 and presented him with jade pieces. The earliest Mughal jades reflect Timurid, Ottoman, Safavid, and Chinese influences, and the finest jade objects were produced during the Jahangir and Shah Jahan periods in the seventeenth century. Jade was used for eating and drinking vessels, jewelry, sword hilts and scabbards, belt buckles, mirrors, and hookah parts. Inlaying jade with gold and setting it with gems was a popular Mughal technique derived from earlier Timurid traditions in Iran and Central Asia. This frame is a fine example of the union of various cultural motifs in a single object—a hallmark of Mughal art."

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