April 19 to  may 24, 2022

Writing with All Creatures

A Six-Week Writing Course

Join author and teacher Jonathan Rogers as we look at James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small with a writer’s eye.

Register for adult cohort (College-age and up)
Register for student cohort (high-school and middle-school)

We’ll be visiting the Yorkshire Dales for the next installment of the “Writing with…” series of online creative writing classes. In Writing with All Creatures, we will read through All Creatures Great and Small to see how James Herriot translated his experiences as a country veterinarian into the funny, charming stories so loved by generations of readers. Then we’ll apply his techniques to our own writing.

Writing with All Creatures includes six 90-minute live lectures* via Zoom, as well as a dedicated online forum for discussion and writing exercises. 

Topics to be covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Anecdotal Storytelling 
  • Quick Strokes for Minor Characters
  • Narration and Point of View
  • Managing Time and Space
  • Writing Landscape
  • Dialogue and Dialect
  • Description and Imagery
  • Action and Movement
  • Narrative Pacing
  • Moving from Experience to Fiction

*Recordings of the lectures will also be available for learners who can’t attend the live lectures.

Tuesdays, April 19 to May 24, 2022.

Student Cohort: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Central
Adult Cohort: 3:00 to 4:30p.m. Central

Cost: $79

Intended Audience:
Adults, High Schoolers and Middle Schoolers

There are two “cohorts” of Writing with All Creatures–one for adults (college-age and up), and one for high-school and middle-school students.

The course content is the same for either cohort, but the two cohorts will attend separate lecture/discussions and participate in separate forums. Adults will be interacting with adults, and students will be interacting with students.

Please register for the appropriate cohort.

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Weekly Workload

James Herriot, All Creatures Great and Small.  All page references will come from the St. Martin’s paperback edition (Order: IndieboundAmazon)

All Creatures Great and Small
(Excerpts, 40-50 pages per week)

One 300-500-word writing exercise per week

One live 90-minute lecture/discussion via Zoom

Throughout the week, learners will discuss the reading, the lectures, and their writing exercises in a dedicated online forum.

Reading Plan

April 19:
Chapters 2-7

April 26:
Chapters 10-18

May 3:
Chapters 22-27

May 10:
Chapters 28-30, 36-37, & 39

May 17:
Chapters 40-44 & 48

May 24:
Chapters 60-62 & 65-67

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About the Instructor

Jonathan Rogers is the author of The Wilderking Trilogy, The Charlatan’s Boy, The Terrible Speed of Mercy, and other books. 

He hosts The Habit Membership, an online library of teaching resources and gathering place for writers. He also hosts The Habit Podcast and teaches and encourages thousands of writers every Tuesday through The Habit Weekly newsletter. 

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