I regularly teach Short Story Intensive workshops and they have been predominately populated by white writers. The ability to register on short notice for a workshop is something that is tied to having ready funds lying around. Because income is often linked to color and gender due to the economic disparities in the United States, women of colour are frequently caught in the intersection of race and gender. That means that many women of color are less likely to be able to register for a workshop on short notice.
Annalee Flower Horne has offered to help me set up a grant for women of color (including cis, trans, and genderqueer) to help balance the playing field. She’s covering the first one, but after that I’m going to keep offering one seat per session for a women of color. Hopefully I’ll be able to offer other grants or scholarships for other disadvantaged groups as well, but for the moment, this is who we are reaching out to.
With thanks to Annalee, here’s the information you need to move forward.
How to apply:
Fill out the form below.
The selection process
On June 17th at midnight Central, I will draw a name randomly from the list and contact the recipient. They will have 24 hours to accept the invitation.
What is the workshop?
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 June 26 – 28
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)
Introduction, discussion of POV using specificity, and focus. Exercise 1: Context
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 – Daylight Savings begins
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 is the selection process so simple?
A. Because my classes are normally first come first serve, and I don’t ask what your writing background is. Asking the scholarship applicants to justify it seems like saying that they have to be better than other people in order to just get in the door.
Q. When is the workshop?
A. The first one is June 26-28 and is all weekend.
Q. Why are you calling it a grant instead of a scholarship?
A. Because a reader pointed out that a scholarship is earned based on proving one’s excellence. This is open to entry-level writers and doesn’t require proving abilities first, just a willingness to learn.