This six-week workshop will meet on Wednesdays, Oct. 11th, Oct. 25th and Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 29th from 6:30-8:30pm at THE CABIN, $ 215 or $180 for members. Become a member here
Eudora Welty said that, “You can try more ephemeral, more fleeting things in a story – you can work more by suggestion – than in a novel. Less is resolved, more is suggested, perhaps.”
In this workshop we’ll explore what makes a compelling and engaging short story by reading extraordinary examples of the form and by writing one piece of our own short fiction. We’ll also read essays on the craft of writing, and will discover our voices on the page through short writing exercises. This workshop is for anyone who believes they have a story to tell – even if they don’t know where to begin.
Writers of all abilities and backgrounds are welcome. Our goals will be to:
- Complete one short story during the six-week workshop;
- Read exemplary short fiction;
- Explore the importance of character, setting, detail, scene-making, dialogue, and tension in a short story;
- Write each week so that the practice of writing becomes a part of your daily life.
Elizabeth Word Gutting has an MFA in fiction writing from George Mason University. She recently relocated to Boise from Washington, DC, where she lived for over a decade, working as a waitress, farmer’s market hand, creative writing teacher, and most recently, the program director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She is now the program coordinator of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Boise State University. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and her fiction has been published by Juked and Paper Darts, among others.