This 8-week workshop is designed for writers who want to create their own short story collection. Through focus on story development, voice, movement and structure, constructive feedback, and in-class writing, writers will work on drafting and revising two complete short stories and beginning a third. We will also speak about theme, size, and to overall constructing an appealing collection. Whether you already have a collection in the works or haven’t started at all, this class will help guide you.
Requirements: Come ready to work and trust the process! We will be doing a lot of in-class and outside of class writing.
Week 1: Overview of creating a short story collection; discussion on how to give and receive constructive feedback; in-class writing and read back.
Week 2: Turn in revision before class 2 to the instructor (by Sunday at 5pm CST). You will also be sharing some of your work with fellow writers and them with you. During class 2, you will receive 5-10 mins of one-on-one feedback from myself and will workshop with others in the class.
Week 3: Revising in class.
Week 4: Each writer will read part of their story to the class. A creative exercise will follow to tip off story 2.
Week 5: Work in groups to get real time feedback. Revise in class.
Week 6: Turn in revision before class 6 to the instructor (by Sunday at 5pm CST). During class 6, you will receive 5-10 mins of one-on-one feedback from myself and will revise in class.
Week 7: Each writer will read part of their second story to the class. A creative exercise will follow to tip off story 3.
Week 8: Come to class with a full draft of story 3. Writers will read an excerpt to the class. We will discuss publication for short stories and for collections.
*HIGHLY RECOMMENDED* Optional Add-On: Mini-manuscript consultation for $55. For more in-depth feedback about your story written in class, these 30 minute consultations are being offered in week 2 (for story 1) and week 6 (for story 2). You may opt to have one or both mini consultations. (If you choose this option, the time you would have had in class for the consultation will be added to the 30-mins.)