Are the best novels and short stories born out of inspiration or hard labor? If the answer is both, then in what proportion? In this 8-week workshop, students will use in-class and take-home writing exercises to explore the basic elements of fiction: character, point of view, distance, time, voice, plot, dialogue, and setting. We will discuss the idea of “muse” and the art of finding one’s subject. No experience necessary. Wednesdays through Aug. 24.