Writing and Reading the Short Story with Rachel Aydt

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 06:30 PM until Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 08:30 PM


Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708
United States

Instructor: Rachel Aydt
Length: 5 sessions, $450

“A short story is the ultimate magic trick – a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart.” – Neil Gaiman

A short story has no time to waste. It must begin quickly and move confidently. In this workshop, we will learn to be efficient and effective with language. We will determine what your story is really about, where it should begin so as to pull the reader in immediately, and how to match characters and dialogue to the mood of the story. Once you have taken your reader “around the universe,” we will figure out how to end the story in a way that leaves the reader wondering how you pulled this magic trick off.

We will read short fiction by some of the masters—Joyce, Chekhov, Lydia Davis, ZZ Packer, and others; and we’ll spend some time discussing how and why their stories work. We will read each other’s work and share feedback in a supportive atmosphere. We will also talk about literary journals and how/when to submit your stories.

Rachel Aydt is an Assistant Professor of writing and literature at the New School University. She's lived in New York for over 25 years, working for national magazines in staff positions; writing and editing; and teaching across many genres of writing (nonfiction, literature, journalism). In 2017, she received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction. She's published essays in The White Review, Broad Street Journal, and many other publications, received a fellowship to the 2018 Colgate University Writers' Conference, and has completed a memoir.

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