The Short Story

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  • “I learned techniques for writing dialogue; How to write more coherently; and I learned how to channel the unconscious into story.

    I was so inspired by the helpfulness of the writers in this workshop, and their intentional listening.”

    Genevieve, January 24, 2021

  • “I was so excited about the whole weekend. I found the feedback on shortening my story so useful, and I would like to challenge myself to do more intuitive writing. The stories of the other [workshop attendees] really inspired me—so much so that I would like to join a monthly writing group.”

    Liz, January 24, 2021

  • “[I learned] to allow myself the time and space to make mistakes—and to take unusual routes in order to come to a fresh vision.”

    Ritsa, January 24, 2021

  • “I gained a better appreciation for the differences between the short story and the personal essay. I was also reminded of the importance of setting, dialogue, and vivid imagery. Finally, I like the idea of writing as quickly as possible to ‘outrun the censor.’”

    Natalia, January 24, 2021

  • “The workshop helped me understand how a short story is structured and what makes it authentic. I understood how to create interesting settings and identify themes. Hearing other people analyze my work in a professional way was an unforgettable experience.”

    Paulina, March 21, 2020

  • “I got to dive into a guided, close reading and discussion of a selected short story and learned how structure and characterization can be used to make a short story powerful and thought-provoking. The workshop also gave me the opportunity to practice freewriting when exploring an idea or creating a first draft. I learned about the importance of readers being able to connect to, or identify with, elements of the story and characters.”

    KB, March 21, 2020

  • “[I learned] to trust my instincts—that is, my first/second uncensored draft—and go from there: how I want to structure these to create suspense.”

    Gwen, March 21, 2020

  • “I enjoyed the workshop a lot, thanks again, and thanks for sending the TC Boyle story! It was well worth staying indoors on a sunny weekend.

    What I love about short stories is that they fit inside your head from beginning to end. You can turn them around in your mind without too much loss of detail, even when you don’t have the pages in front of you. I enjoy re-reading them and making new discoveries.

    What I learned at the workshops is that the sum of experience and enthusiasm is not necessarily a conserved quantity: as the former increases, the latter need not decrease. The way [the instructor] responds to questions with clear, laser-guided technical explanations is a tribute to [her] skill and experience. That [she] still manages to deal with each question, story and student so earnestly and with such overflowing enthusiasm, gentleness, compassion and respect is a rare accomplishment.”

    Andy, June 22, 2019