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Short Stories Explained (for novelists)

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When people are struggling to write short fiction, the problem usually begins with the idea. It often leads to a story that is too long, really the beginning of a novel, or is so simplistic that it is dull.

In this workshop, we'll walk through how to create and structure a short story idea. At the end of the class you will have story seeds for multiple stories and an outline for a 3000-4000 word short story.

Classes will be taught via G+

Classwork will be uploaded to a shared Google Drive folder visible only to you and your classmates. The class will be divided between lecture and exercise. The class is capped at eight students, to create a class size that allows the most interaction, feedback and personal attention for each of you.

Class requirements: You need an interest in writing short stories, but you do not need to have written or published anything yet. You also must be able to use G+ Hangouts on a computer. (Note: You don’t need a web camera, although they’re useful, but you do need a working microphone, a G+ account, the internet and some speakers so you can hear us. Tablets, unfortunately, have limited function in hangouts and will not work for the purposes of the workshop).

This is an intensive workshop, so do not plan anything else. I also recommend preparing your meals in advance.

Schedule (all times are Central time)
Sunday
10am - 12pm
Plot structure. Plot homework

1:00pm
Post homework/meal break

3pm-5pm
Discuss plot exercise, unpacking, and outlining for short fiction. Outline homework

6:30pm
Post homework/meal break

8pm-10pm
Discuss outlines. Recap of plot structure. Final exercise.

10pm -11pm(optional)
Drinks and Giant Q&A

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