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The Art of the Short Story

Is there a story you need to tell, but a personal essay hits too close to home?

Do you want to set your characters in place you’ve never been, or write in a voice different from your own?

In this immersive fiction class, you can explore your imagination in new and creative ways.

We’ll read and discuss great short stories, do generative writing exercises, as well as workshop a first draft, then present a finished draft the short story you’ll write in our supportive online environment.

Instructor: Scott Lax is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He studied English at Hiram College and Shakespeare at the University of Cambridge. A recipient of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bernard J. O'Keefe Scholarship in Nonfiction and the Sewanee Writers Conference Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction, Scott is an award-winning essayist, fiction writer, and filmmaker. His first novel, The Year That Trembled, was named one of the year’s “milestones in fiction” by the Denver Post. He produced the feature film version of his novel, then adapted it as a 2-act stage play that premiered at University School. Recently, Scott completed the screenplay adaptation of his second novel, the psychological thriller Vengeance Follows. Learn more about his work at

Details: The Art of the Short Story takes place Wednesdays June 23 & 30 and July 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6-8pm remotely through Zoom. 

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