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

Monday, February 4, 2019 until Monday, March 4, 2019

Online Course
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708
United States

Instructor: Crissy Van Meter
5 sessions, $450
Online course

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 has an MFA from The New School in New York City. She is the managing editor at Nouvella Books and the founding editor of Five Quarterly, a democratic literary project and magazine in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in VICE, Catapult, Guernica, Bustle, ESPN, The Hairpin, Golly, VIDA, and more. She is a volunteer creative writing instructor at the Downtown Women’s Center on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles.Her debut novel is forthcoming from Algonquin Books. 

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Step 1 - Registration Information: Complete this registration form in full.

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If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-395-2205 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

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