The Short Story

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  • “I learned very interesting writing techniques that I never thought could possibly exist. And I was surprised by the reaction to my short story. I was incredibly nervous before my story was read—but I could see people liked my piece and even imagined different paths for my main character. That was a fantastic experience; it made me proud and happy that I hadn’t given up on writing the story the night before.”

    Carolina, September 18, 2016

  • “I learned the structure of a traditional self-contained short story, from conflict to development to resolution (and all the important ingredients in between). The writing exercises and the valuable, non-judgmental feedback were probably the best things about the course.

    Writing a story overnight was daunting! But it was also enjoyable, the process itself but also writing to meet a deadline. (more…)

    Hedy, November 22, 2015

  • “The structure of ‘The Short Story’ workshop brought me closer to the reality of the writing process. We had a good step-by-step list to refer to if needed, plus techniques for writing from different points of view. Writing a story in such a short time kept me focused. It felt great to get to the core of it. Much appreciated!”

    Elena, November 22, 2015

  • “The workshop was really, really good for me. I loved that the instructor offered both very strong encouragement (emotional support) and loads of knowledge (intellectual support). It was a great fun. I think I was also lucky with the group: the people were nice and very interesting. I loved the multi-cultural backgrounds.”

    Jana, November 22, 2015

  • “I enjoyed the workshop very much. What I learned was: a lot. The instructor’s approach to teaching is very inspiring. She’s able to give a lot of information in a humorous and exciting way. It was very upbeat, positive and invigorating. I liked how she got us all to use our brains to think about what we were hearing (in finished stories) and to point out other comments to each writer that may not have been verbalized by the writers. (more…)

    CP, November 22, 2015

  • “I learned that starting from handwriting is way more inspiring than starting from an empty Google Docs page. And the story we read was a good model for character development.”

    Paolo, April 19, 2015

  • “Most important for me was acquiring the names for specific writing techniques. This was the first time ever writing short fiction in English. Previously, I had only translated more technical texts into English. So, the workshop was a good starting point.”

    Pedro, April 19, 2015

  • “More than anything, this workshop was about discovery for me. I discovered I am very language-driven in my writing, that I am more intuitive than planful, and that it really does help to combine the two. I was not sure I was a story teller, I felt I had some writing ability but wasn’t sure I could write a story from beginning to end. Now I know I can.

    How did it feel to write a story overnight? Stressful. Having said that, had we not been given a deadline and a word count, I might not have pushed myself to finish the story.

    Thank you. As far as first workshop experiences go, it was just what I needed.”

    Debbie, April 19, 2015