Writing Workshop: The Short Story Workshop

Instructor: Monica Bergers
Date: 5 Tuesdays: September 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $338 nonmembers, $225 members, $200 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members Only 1 spot left!
(The cost of this class includes a $25 manuscript fee, to be remitted by IWC directly to the instructor, for assignments that she critiques outside of class time.) This workshop is limited to 10 students.

In this workshop, writers will have the opportunity to explore the world of short fiction. We will read contemporary short stories, discuss elements of craft—plot, characterization, and dramatization—and most importantly, we will have the time and space to devote to critiques of our fellow writers’ work. So much of writing is a solitary (ad)venture, and we will be creating a community of sharing, giving constructive and useful feedback, and asking hard questions: What makes a story work? How do we complicate a character’s desire with convincing action? How do we bring a story to life on the page?

Each week, you will be asked to read (and re-read) your classmates’ short stories, provide comments, and discuss in detail what works and what doesn’t work. One way to improve as a writer is to see where other writers succeed, and where they don’t. We will discuss the art of giving helpful critique, and there will be weekly discussions of published short stories, all intended to stir up new ideas and inspire fresh creativity.

We will set up the workshop schedule on the first day of class. In order to give the class a chance to read and comment on your work, your short story will be due one week before your scheduled workshop. You will bring enough copies for each student and the instructor. Then during the next class, we will discuss the work submitted from the week before. You will receive responses from each of your classmates, as well as from the instructor, who will detail things that are working well and suggestions for improvement.

This is a workshop for beginning and experienced writers who already have a story written (or who plan to have a story completed during the course of this class). Because this is a 5-week class, we will begin workshopping on the first meeting. I will need 2 students to volunteer to go first. When you register for this class, please let Rachel Sahaidachny know if you are willing to go first in the schedule. I will contact you to let you know how to send your story to other classmates.

Stories should be no longer than 15 double-spaced pages.


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