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Short Story 1 Short Story Writing Workshop

Online Jul 17, Jul 24, Aug 7, Aug 14, Aug 21 (5 Wednesday Afternoons)5:00pm - 8:00pm Pacific$425Almost Full

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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, Rebecca Saltzman (The New Yorker, McSweeney’s) 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.

mcsweeneys-logo Rebecca 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 157 students who have published short stories after taking this class.

Rebecca Saltzman

The New Yorker 3x, McSweeney’s 30x

Rebecca Saltzman’s humor writing appears in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Belladonna Comedy, Weekly Humorist, and elsewhere. Her work was selected for the print anthologies Keep Scrolling Till You Feel Something: 21 Years of Humor From McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (McSweeney’s Books, 2019), and Embrace the Merciless Joy: The McSweeney’s Internet Tendency Guide to Rearing Small, Medium and Large Children (McSweeney’s Books, 2023). Rebecca’s fiction and essays can be found in The Missouri Review, The Idaho Review, Liber Review, Women’s Review of Books, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in creative writing from NYU. MORE