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

Writing a Linked Short Story Collection

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  • $220.00 Non-Member
  • $195.00 Member

Class Description

The linked story collection is a strange animal: each story should be able to stand on its own, but the collection speaks louder when read back-to-front. The structure is more flexible than a novel, and the writer can leave more room for the reader to fill in mysteries and gaps. Linked story collections allow the writer to endlessly circle around her own obsessions in new fresh ways, whether that obsession is a theme, a character, or a place. We’ll talk about the origins of the linked collection, and we’ll discuss where it has headed since. We will look at examples from Jennifer Egan, Edwidge Danticat, Nami Mun, and Jaime Quatro. We will work on creating two more stories to link with your first completed story, and there will be a short workshop at the end of the week. Please bring one already-finished story to class, as well as a laptop or a notebook.

To learn more about instructor Annie Hartnett and her teaching style, check out the short podcast with her in our GrubStreet Instructor Interview series:

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. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

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!