Short story workshop in November
My September workshop sold out, so I opened an Intensive in November. This covers exactly the same material as the eight week course, but over the course of a single, very intense, weekend. This is ideal for people who tend to overthink their work and never finish things.
Think you never have time to write? Think again. I wrote my Hugo-nominated short story “Evil Robot Monkey” in ninety minutes. If you have ninety minutes, you can have a story — all it takes is understanding how to make every word work double-time. In this workshop, learn the same techniques I use to create new fiction. Through exercises focusing on viewpoint, dialogue, and plot structure, you’ll learn how to let nothing go to waste. By the end of this eight-week workshop, participants will be given a writing prompt and complete their own short story.
REGISTRATION OPENS on Saturday, July 20th at noon Central.
Think you never have time to write? Think again. Mary Robinette Kowal wrote her first Hugo-nominated short story “Evil Robot Monkey” in ninety minutes. If you have ninety minutes, you can have a story — all it takes is understanding how to make every word work double-time. In this workshop, learn the same techniques she uses to create new fiction. Through exercises focusing on viewpoint, dialogue, and plot, you’ll learn how to let nothing go to waste. By the end of this three day workshop, participants will be given a writing prompt and complete their own short story.
Classes will be taught via G+ from November 22-24th.
Each session, you will be given an exercise that builds on the previous session. Classwork will be uploaded to a shared Google Drive folder visible only to you and your classmates. The class will be divided between lecture and group critique. The class is capped at eight students, to create a class size that allows the most interaction, feedback and personal attention for each of you.
Class requirements: You need an interest in writing short stories, but you do not need to have written or published anything yet. You also must be able to use G+ Hangouts (Note: You don’t need a web camera, although they’re useful, but you do need a working microphone, a G+ account, the internet and some speakers so you can hear us).
This is an intensive workshop, so do not plan anything else that weekend.
Schedule (all times are Central time)
Friday, November 22nd
Introduction, discussion of POV using specificity, and focus. Exercise 1: Context
Saturday, November 23rd
Critique of homework. Second POV assignment
Post assignment/meal break
Discuss nature of dialog, use of rhythms to distinguish character. In class exercise, followed by homework.
Post assignment/meal break
Plot structure. Plot homework
Sunday, November 24th
Discuss plot exercise, unpacking, and outlining for short fiction. Outline homework
Post homework/meal break
Discuss outlines. Recap of plot structure. Final exercise.
Write a story in ninety minutes.
Post story/meal break
Critique of stories/recap
Q: Why are there only five spots open when you take eight students?
A: Because I let some people pre-register.
Q: What if I can’t keep up with the homework?
A: You’ll be given a partial refund and asked to drop the class.
Q: Is there a waiting list?
A: Yes. Once registration sells out, you’ll have the chance to sign up on the waiting list for this class