Description of Class
Do you have a story you’ve been meaning to revise and get out into the world? Something that just needs a little extra “push” that you’re not sure how to give? This four-week course, intended for intermediate to advanced fiction writers who are seeking their first publications, focuses on that last ten percent of short story writing: polishing (and submitting!).
Participants arrive with one short story they may have already workshopped, plus any workshop comments and revisions they’ve made since. Over the next four weeks you will work with your draft each session, maintaining a laser-sharp focus on a different aspect of polishing each week: sentences, dialogue, cutting, etc. The goal is a final, submission-worthy version. The final week of class focuses on finding venues and preparing stories for submission, and a one-on-one meeting with the instructor.
The focus here will be on learning how to “read” workshop comments and how to become your own best editor to the point that you know when a story is ready to send out. Participants will also get a primer on how to pinpoint the right venues for their work.
This is a highly collaborative course that relies on trust between its participants, as they will be sharing not only their own creative work but the comments, or a reflection on the comments, they’ve received in workshops.
Participants will leave the course having a finished story in-hand and a plan for where to send it.
Note: Enrollment is capped at 10.Top