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Short Story 1 Short Story Writing Workshop

Online Mar 13, Mar 20, Mar 27, Apr 3, Apr 10, Apr 17, Apr 24 (7 Wednesdays)5:00pm - 7:00pm 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 Los Angeles short story workshop, Suzanne Rivecca (2 Pushcart Prizes, Stanford Stegner Fellow) 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.

death_is _not_an_option_suzanne_rivecca_book _cover Suzanne 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, he 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 34 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.

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Suzanne Rivecca

2 Pushcart Prizes, Stegner Fellowship, NEA Fellowship

Suzanne Rivecca is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford University. Her short fiction has received two Pushcart Prizes and has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and have appeared in American Short Fiction, New England Review, Fence, Storyquarterly, and the 2008 and 2009 editions of Best New American Voices. She published a short story collection, “Death is Not an Option,” in 2010 with W.W. Norton. “Death is Not an Option” received the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts in Letters and a Creative Arts fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and was a finalist for national and international awards including the PEN/Hemingway Award, The Story Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Suzanne received a 2010 fellowship in Creative Prose from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 2014 fellowship from the Creative Work Fund to collaborate with a nonprofit organization on the creation of an original work of fiction. She is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, MacDowell Colony, the American Antiquarian Society, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her essays and articles have appeared in Salon and The Rumpus. MORE