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Learning the Short Story

“You become a different writer when you approach a short story. When things are not always having to represent other things, you find real human beings begin to cautiously appear on your pages.” – Zadie Smith.
During the three-week class we will look at the structure, modes, and language of classic short stories by Donald Barthelme, Amy Hempel, Gilbert Sorrentino, and others to write a short story of our own. 


Alex DiFrancesco is a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and journalism who has published work in Tin HouseThe Washington PostPacific StandardVol. 1 Brooklyn, Brevity and more. Their essay collection Psychopomps (Civil Coping Mechanisms Press) and their novel All City (Seven Stories Press), were published in 2019. They are the recipient of grants and fellowships from PEN America and Sundress Academy for the Arts. Their storytelling has been featured at The Fringe Festival, Life of the Law, The Queens Book Festival, and The Heart podcast.  They can be found @DiFantastico on Twitter.


Learning the Short Story takes place Thursdays 1/9, 1/16, 1/23 from 6:00-8:00pm at The Bookshop in Lakewood (15230 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107). 

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