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Short Story Intensive August 2014

Mary Robinette Kowal

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 10:00 PM (CDT)

Short Story Intensive August 2014

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REGISTRATION OPENS on Sunday, April 27th at noon Mountain.

Think you never have time to write? Think again. Mary Robinette Kowal wrote her first Hugo-nominated short story "Evil Robot Monkey" in ninety minutes. If you have ninety minutes, you can have a story -- all it takes is understanding how to make every word work double-time. In this workshop, learn the same techniques she uses to create new fiction. Through exercises focusing on viewpoint, dialogue, and plot, you'll learn how to let nothing go to waste. By the end of this three day workshop, participants will be given a writing prompt and complete their own short story.

Classes will be taught via G+ from August 29-31

Each session, you will be given an exercise that builds on the previous session. 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 group critique. 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 (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).

This is an intensive workshop, so do not plan anything else that weekend.

Schedule (all times are Central time)


Introduction, discussion of POV using specificity, and focus. Exercise 1: Context




Post assignment. 

Critique of homework. Second POV assignment

Post assignment/meal break

Discuss nature of dialog, use of rhythms to distinguish character. In class exercise, followed by homework.

Post assignment/meal break 

Plot structure.  Plot homework


Discuss plot exercise, unpacking, and outlining for short fiction. Outline homework 

Post homework/meal break 

Discuss outlines. Recap of plot structure. Final exercise. 

Write a story in ninety minutes.  

Post story/meal break

Critique of stories/recap

Have questions about Short Story Intensive August 2014? Contact Mary Robinette Kowal

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