Reading & Writing the Short Story with Rachel Aydt

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 6:30 PM until Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 8:30 PM

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

Instructor: Rachel Aydt
5 sessions, $450

The short story can be mined for writing wisdom across genres. What makes them stick with us for years after reading them? Structure, metaphor, dialogue, setting, character; all are at work. In a supportive environment, we'll crack open the secrets of the story together and apply them to our own writing. Come as you are, ready to roll up your sleeves and write whatever you're pulled to: poetry, creative nonfiction, memoir, short stories, novel excerpts. The aim is to read stories each week, discuss them, workshop your own work, and expand our writerly tool boxes with prompts driven by the readings.

Rachel Aydt is a part-time 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 and stories in The White Review, Broad Street Journal, HCE Review, and many other publications, and has completed a memoir.
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