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The Short Story: A Generative Writing Class & Craft Intensive

In this generative writing intensive, we will delve deep into the art of the short story, exploring the craft elements that make the short story such a powerful medium of expression. Through a combination of generative exercises, readings, discussions, and workshop, we will explore the various craft components of the short story. We will analyze short works of fiction, dissecting their structures, character development, and themes. We will then implement those techniques and incorporate them into our own original works of fiction. This course will have an emphasis on the literary analysis of craft elements—the various parts and mechanisms that keep the engine of a story going. Each week, students will have an opportunity to delve deeper into literary analysis by reading works from different authors.

Instructor: Annell López is a Dominican immigrant. She is the winner of the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize and the author of the short story collection I’ll Give You a Reason, forthcoming in 2024 from the Feminist Press. A Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops, her work has also received support from Tin House and has appeared in Guernica, American Short Fiction, Michigan Quarterly Review, Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. López received her MFA from the University of New Orleans. She is an assistant fiction editor for the New Orleans Review and is working on a novel. ---

Details: The Short Story: A Generative Writing Class & Craft Intensive  meets Thursdays April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, and May 16 from 6:30-8:30pm online via Zoom.

Prerequisites: None

Genre: Fiction

Level: Emerging

Format: Generative workshop with writing in class and outside of class and group sharing.

Location: This class takes place online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with another generative fiction writing workshop or a feedback course.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 11.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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