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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Building the Short Story

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  • $480.00 Non-Member
  • $455.00 Member

Class Description

Over the course of this ten-week workshop, you will develop a short story from its initial seed, through a series of guided revisions, to a polished work of fiction. The approach of the course is modeled after Antonya Nelson’s brilliant essay "Short Story: A Process of Revision." Unlike traditional workshops, participants in this class need not arrive with a finished work of fiction but rather should come with some solid story ideas, an open mind, and a willingness to stretch themselves to new challenges. We will work together to develop one of your ideas into a full narrative, taking each story through a series of guided revisions at home, small group workshops in class, discussions of relevant published work, and ultimately a full workshop and written critique. This course is designed to be of use to students of all levels, including writers just beginning their journeys and experienced authors seeking a fresh approach.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!