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The Short Story: The First Step to Publishing Your Novel

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2000 Edwards Street

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INSTRUCTOR: K.C. Sinclair
TIME: Two Saturdays, March 2nd and 9th, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, February 25th: $85 for members, $100 for non-members. After Monday, February 25th: $100 for members, $115 for non-members. Become a Writespace member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: Beginning and Intermediate
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

Most novelists launch their writing careers by writing and publishing short stories. Often, writers discover their first novel through a short story; the tales of famous novels that began as short stories are ubiquitous. The short story is also the best and most effective training ground for novelists because through crafting short stories, writers can learn the elements of craft fundamental to novel writing while skipping the danger of “getting in over their head” and abandoning a project. This makes sense because before a carpenter builds a house, he learns to build a bench. Before an artist paints a mural, she paints a portrait. The short story is the fiction writer’s most foundational form; as such, it’s the place where most writers who succeed begin.

Short story writers have a head start at becoming successful novelists for a reason: Although short stories contain fewer words, having fewer words to work with means the form requires greater attention to craft than longer forms. Writers of short stories do not have hundreds of pages to develop character, explain backstory, and establish a plot. In short stories, each sentence matters, from the rhythm of its words to the information it provides. Not only can working in the short story form strengthen your writing skills, it can produce powerful artpowerful art that can strengthen a new writer’s confidence and can even lead to a book deal.

In this workshop, we will read and explore outstanding examples of both traditional and experimental short stories. We will read craft articles about the form to determine what will help us succeed, and then, through guided in-class writing exercises, we will launch forth together into the actual writing of short stories and see where the adventure leads us.




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