Down the Rabbit Hole

TUTOR: Scott Onak’s fiction has been published in Ninth Letter, Midwest Gothic, Mid-American Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Willow Springs, and his book reviews appear on The Rumpus. He has earned his MFA in Fiction at the University of Idaho and has taught creative writing at the University of Chicago, Story Studio Chicago, and elsewhere. He has been awarded residencies from the Ragdale Foundation and Vermont Studio Center.

Start Date: 7th August 2019

DURATION: 4 weeks

FEE: £140

This course will provide strategies to lift you out of ruts and help you solve problems in your stories or essays.

Sometimes plots and characters become so familiar to us, that it’s hard to see beyond the borders of our stories or feel energised about starting new work. The goal of this course is to take risks, uncover new possibilities, and follow them wherever they may lead.

The weekly assignments will give you practical ways to find inspiration or gain new insight into existing work. Scott will provide written feedback on your assignments. Suitable for writers of all genres and levels.

Week One: Restrict Yourself

It may sound like a contradiction, but the more restrictions we place on our writing, the more our imagination and word count can grow. We’ll impose forms on our stories and explore the rewards of being random.

Week Two: Think Small

In Week Two, we’ll whittle down our stories to discover what’s at the centre, learn the power of a single vivid detail, and bring urgency to our narratives.

Week Three: Think Big

We’ll expand the frontiers of our stories, focus on the bigger narrative arc, and investigate the ways that history and culture can guide our characters and plots.

Week Four: The 4th Dimension

Finally, we’ll explore the manipulation of time: slowing down, speeding up, and projecting ourselves into the future to gain perspective on our stories.

Please note that we do not require you to fill out a registration form. Instead, please click on the ‘Check Out Securely’ or ‘PayPal’ button. During the payment process you can input your name and email address which we will use to register you on the course. If you’d prefer to use another email address for the course correspondence or if you’re paying on behalf of another student, when you have processed the payment, please send the relevant email address and name for the course correspondence to Once you have processed the payment, we will email you within 24 hours to confirm receipt.

If you have any further queries, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.

Our next Down the Rabbit Hole course starts on 07/08/2019

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