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Short Story Intensive

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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, or the beginning of a novel, or so simplistic that it is dull. In this workshop, we'll walk through the process of how to create and structure a short story.

Through a series of exercises that teach the basic building blocks of creating short fiction, Hugo-Award winning author Mary Robinette Kowal will guide you through the process of creating a story. The class gives you tools to create compelling characters, dialogue, and understand plot structure. At the end of this three-day workshop, participants will use those tools to write a short story and critique it in class.

Classes will be taught via Zoom.

There are two Intensives available. One is December 13-15 and the other is January 4-6

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 Zoom on a computer. The tablet form has limited functionality. (Note: You don’t need a web camera, although they’re useful, but you do need a working microphone, the internet and some speakers so you can hear us).

This is an intensive workshop, so do not plan anything else that weekend. I recommend having your meals prepared ahead of time.

Schedule (all times are Central time)

Friday

7pm-9pm
Introduction, discussion of POV using specificity, and focus. Exercise 1: Context

Saturday

8am

Post assignment/read homework

10am-11pm
Critique of homework. Second POV assignment

12:30pm
Post assignment/meal break

2pm-4pm
Discuss nature of dialog, use of rhythms to distinguish character. In class exercise, followed by homework.

5:30pm
Post assignment/meal break

7pm-10pm (There will be a 15 minute break in here)
Plot structure. Plot homework

Sunday

7am
Post Homework

9am-11pm
Discuss plot exercise, unpacking, and outlining for short fiction. Outline homework

Noon
Post homework/meal break

2pm-4pm
Discuss outlines. Recap of plot structure. Final exercise.

4pm-5:30pm
Write a story in ninety minutes.

5:30pm
Post story/meal break

7pm-10pm
Critique of stories/recap/Giant Q&A

FAQs

Q: What is Zoom?
A: Sort of like Skype but specifically geared for meetings. It is free to use and students will be given a login URL for the class. You will need to download the app, which works for PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android. Though it does have a dial-in option, you will need to be able to see the screen for some exercises. https://zoom.us

Q: What's the accessibility like?
A: It's primarily a spoken lecture, with written exercises. Please let me know what accommodations you need.



  • Mary Robinette Kowal

    Mary Robinette Kowal

    Hugo Award-winning author

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