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Short Story 1 Short Story Writing Workshop

Online Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 8, Nov 15 (5 Monday Afternoons)5:30pm - 8:30pm Pacific$4252 Spots Left

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Have you dreamed about getting a short story published in a literary journal like McSweeney’s? Now’s your chance! In this 5-week Online short story workshop, Dominica Phetteplace (Pushcart Prize Winner, Zyzzyva) will help you craft a brilliant, heartfelt tale about the human condition! Through fun, in-class writing exercises and engaging craft talks, she’ll help you brainstorm new ideas and write a draft of a literary gem.

or_else_the_light_book_cover Dominica will address the essential elements of fiction that make stories succeed: outlining, mapping, character, plot, change, and even point out the usual mistakes writers make that can cause a story to fall flat. What qualifies as story? How does one create stories in which characters act and are not simply acted upon? How does a writer take what she or he has and make it better? In addition to this, she will show participants the best resources for finding suitable and reputable publishers… and ultimately getting their world out into the world.

By end of the class, you’ll have a polished publication-ready short story as well as a solid plan for where to submit it. Experienced and beginning writers welcome. Before you know it, you will be ready to join the ranks of the 46 students who have published short stories after taking this class. Prepare to bring on your inner Salinger!

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How our online classes work:

Online classes can be attended from anywhere with an internet connection. You’ll be able to see and hear both your teacher and your fellow students. For the best experience, we recommend attending online classes in a quiet space, and using headphones or a headset.

If you are unsure of whether your computer can handle video conferencing, please review the system requirements.


Dominica Phetteplace

Zyzzyva, Pushcart Prize

Dominica Phetteplace writes fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Copper Nickel, Ecotone, Wigleaf, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy and Best Microfiction 2019. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe Award, a Barbara Deming Award and fellowships from I-Park, Marble House Project and the MacDowell Colony. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Clarion West Writers Workshop. MORE