Short Story Workshop for Teen Writers with Alethea Kontis

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Event description


This writing workshop for young adults aged 13 to 19 will give students the opportunity for in-depth critiques on short fiction from YA, middle grade, and picture book author Alethea Kontis. Participants will learn how to critique and how to incorporate feedback from critiques for revision in a respectful and serious environment that prioritizes craft, community, and commitment to writing.

The workshop begins April 1 and goes through April 29, 2018.

In addition to giving and receiving critique, writers will take part in discussions about publishing, character development, structure, narrative voice, and other elements of short fiction.

Students may workshop original fiction or fanfiction from any genre: fantasy, science fiction, horror, romance, mystery, or literary.

Critique Sessions and Live Q&A will take place on Sunday April 8, 15, 22, and 29. There is no live session on April 1 (Easter). If you cannot make all of the live sessions you can still participate in this class. Writers must be present for their own critique and scheduling for the live sessions will take your availability into account. All peer critiques are due on Sundays.

This class is for any person aged 13 to 19 who has an interest in writing fiction and has at least one complete story to workshop. Stories should be 500 to 8,000 words. It doesn't have to be polished (that's what we're here to help you do!) but it must have a beginning, middle, and end. All stories must be ready to turn in by March 31st.

All members of this workshop will have the opportunity to attend the "Steal Like A Pro - Writing Fiction Inspired By Other People's Worlds (And How To Make It Your Own)" seminar with Alethea on April 14 for free (optional).


There is finaicial aid available for stuents who cannot afford the class. We will award up to six scholarships for this class.

Technical Requiements

Live Critique and Q&A sessions will take place over Zoom Video Conference software, which is free to download. To participate, students must have a microphone. A webcam is helpful, but not necessary.

Students must have or have access to a Google account/Gmail. Stories will be uploaded to a private Google Drive folder for critique. Discussion will take place on a private Google Groups mailing list.

Any questions about the class? Please contact me via Eventbrite!

Code of Conduct

Our workshop will be a place where teens can learn writing craft and also find connection, support, and advice. My job is to ensure that everyone feels safe and comfortable expressing their creativity. All students must read and agree to the class Code of Conduct once enrolled.

We expect all participants to treat each other with compassion and respect. Critiquing and getting feedback is hard for many writers. Sharing our opinions, thoughts, revelations, even personal bits about ourselves in discussions can also be scary for some. I want this to be a place where you feel you can fail and learn to do better with no judgment attached.

I am dedicated to working towards a harassment and bullying-free class experience, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, origin, or religion. I will not tolerate harassment or bullying in any form.

If a student engages in harassment or inappropriate behavior toward students, instructors, or administrators, the student may be removed from class without offer of a refund.

Refund Policy

If you drop the class by March 1 you will recieve a full refund

If you drop the class by March 8 you will receieve an 80% refund and a discount on future workshops.

If you drop the class by March 18 you will receieve a 50% refund and a discount on future workshops.

If you drop the class by March 25 you will receieve a 25% refund and a discount on future workshops.

Unfortunately, if you drop after the 25th we cannot offer a refund as it may be difficult to find a student to fill your spot. We will work with you to find a place in future workshops.

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

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