THE CRAFT OF WRITING SERIES: Short Stories
June 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Craft of Writing Series is a three-week program that takes place virtually the first through third Thursdays of each month. Each month focuses on a different genre or form of writing.
Thursday, June 3: Author Conversation
Join acclaimed authors David Haynes and Jennifer Morales for a conversation on the craft of writing the short story.
Thursday, June 10: Fiction Clinic: The Doctor is IN! with David Haynes
For the first half of the class, I’ll walk you through a range of common issues that plague early drafts, including issues with characterization, prose, narrative design, setting, and point of view. For the last section of the class, get those questions ready! This will be your opportunity to ask me about issues specific to your own works-in-progress.
Thursday, June 17: Endings and Beginnings with Jennifer Morales
A story’s opening and closing can be its most powerful elements, but writers often struggle with one or both. How does the nature of short fiction point us toward guidelines for our stories’ endings and beginnings? What does a strong ending look like? How does it connect to the opening of the story? In this 90-minute workshop we will read some extraordinary short story endings and beginnings and discuss what makes them work, separately and as a unit. We will cover some common pitfalls and practice crafting these elements for greatest impact.
The cost for this three-week program is $150.00. Write On members receive a 10% discount. To become a member, please click here. To register online for this program, please click the button below. For other registration options, please call 920.868.1457.
Please note: registration for this workshop closes June 2nd. To register after the 2nd, please call 920.868.1457. Registrants will receive the information to join by Zoom 2-3 days prior to the first session.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
David Haynes is professor emeritus of English at Southern Methodist University, where he directed the creative writing program for ten years. For the past twenty-three years he has also been on the faculty of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is the co-founder of Kimbilio, an international organization serving writers of the African diaspora, and in 2019 he concluded a seven-year term as a Trustee for AWP, including a two-year stint as chair. He is the author of seven novels for adults and five books for younger readers, most recently, A Star in the Face of the Sky.
Jennifer Morales is a poet, fiction writer, and performance artist based in rural Wisconsin. She is a graduate of Beloit College (BA, Modern Languages and Literatures) and Antioch University-Los Angeles (MFA, Creative Writing, Fiction). Her first book, Meet Me Halfway (UW Press 2015), a short story collection about life in hyper-segregated Milwaukee, was Wisconsin Center for the Book’s 2016 “Book of the Year,” among other honors. Recent publications include “Cousins,” a short story in Milwaukee Noir (Akashic 2019), and “The Boy Without a Bike,” a story in Cutting Edge, edited by Joyce Carol Oates (Akashic 2019). Jennifer is president of the board of the Driftless Writing Center, based in Viroqua, Wisconsin.