Art of the Short Story, 8-Week Workshop with Julian Smith-Newman

Tuesdays, 6/21 – 8/9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join Julian Smith-Newman, former Faultline Fiction Editor and expert creative writing instructor, for a comprehensive workshop on the short story for eight Tuesdays, June 21st – August 9th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments and master short story writers will be sampled!short-story

This 8-week course has two goals. On the one hand, we will be reading the works of numerous short story masters, studying pieces by Roberto Bolaño, Alice Munro, Lydia Davis, and many others to understand what it is, exactly, that makes these pieces so powerful. On the other hand, we will be writing and workshopping stories of our own, using what we have culled from the masters to make our own work more effective.

During each class session, we will divide our time between an in-depth discussion of specific craft elements—plot, point-of-view, characterization, scene vs. summary, sentence rhythm, figurative language, et cetera—and a discussion of the work that participants will submit. Thus, by the end of the course, participants will not only have gained a fuller understanding of the short story as a form; they will also leave the course with a richer sense of their own work, both in terms of what they are already doing well and how they can continue to improve.

The course will be taught by Julian Smith-Newman, a graduate of the MFA Program in Fiction at the University of California, Irvine and the former Fiction Editor of Faultline. Julian has taught numerous Creative Writing workshops at UC Irvine and is currently an instructor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Class meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:30pm  and will run from June 21st until August 9th. Light refreshments will be served, but participants are also encouraged to contribute additional food and drink, potluck-style.

Because this is a workshop, participants are asked to enroll for the full 8-week course; drop-ins and one-time participants will not be allowed. The course fee is $250.

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