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  • Workshop
  • Online: On-Demand
  • Adult (18+)
  • 8 Weeks

Developing your Short Fiction

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  • $540.00 Non-Member
  • $520.00 Member

Class Description

In the beginning, there was the short story, and it was good. In this course, you'll learn and practice the tried-and-true elements of fiction—character, plot, dialogue, setting, point of view, details, and structure—with an emphasis on the short story form. As you mine for material, you will explore new possibilities in subject, style, and voice, as well as the potential inherent in suspense and transformation. You’ll also familiarize yourself with revision strategies and best practices. Classes include short lectures and discussions on various elements of craft, writing exercises to sharpen your skills, and workshopping of student work. We’ll read short stories from authors such as Samanta Schweblin, Kristiana Kahakauwila, Daniel Alarcón, Bruna Dantas Lobato, Katherine Vaz, and others.

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 is an Online: On-Demand class that will take place on our asynchronous online learning platform, Wet.Ink. Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink before 5pm on the first day of class! All video lectures for Online: On-Demand courses have closed captioning available. To enable, click "cc" on the toolbar of each video lecture.