Writing Short Fiction for Beginners—Online Course with Crissy Van Meter

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 until Tuesday, March 2, 2021 Eastern Standard Time

    Instructor: Crissy Van Meter
    Asynchronous, online workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    This class explores techniques for creating, crafting and polishing a short story and preparing it for publication. We’ll examine and discuss literary elements like setting, plot, dialogue, voice, and character, while reading contemporary and classic short stories. A few authors we'll explore: Benjamin Percy, Louise Erdrich, Claire Vaye Watkins, Raymond Carver, Kelly Link, Margaret Atwood, and more.

    Students will practice writing short fiction with weekly writing prompts. Each student will receive personalized feedback from the instructor if they choose to submit a short story. The goal of this course is for students to practice writing, and analyze short stories to gain the skill to edit and publish their own short fiction.

    We'll focus on writing, editing, polishing, and submitting the short story, while examining literary journals and other outlets for future publication. Writers of all genres and levels are welcome and students are encouraged to come with a working or completed short story for instructor critique. 

    Crissy Van Meter is the author of the debut novel CreaturesShe holds an MFA from The New School and her writing has appeared in VICE, Catapult, Guernica, Bustle, ESPN, The Hairpin, Golly, VIDA, and more. She is the founder of the literary project Five Quarterly, and the managing editor for Nouvella Books. She serves on the board of directors for the literary non-profit Novelly. She lives in Los Angeles. 

    Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.