Writing Your Short Story, Fiction or Memoir with Rachel Aydt

    Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6:30 PM until Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 8:30 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Rachel Aydt
    2 hour VIRTUAL sessions on Thursdays
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Course Description
    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.

    Who Should Take This Class?
    Anyone who is working on prose, particularly short stories and personal essays.           

    Your Instructor
    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.   


    “I will always want more time with this talented teacher.” - former student

    “Excellent class. The entire focus is on the material and honoring each writer's work.  The additional reading stimulated my writing process and was very much appreciated.” - former student

    “This class was fantastic. It really propelled my writing, and the group of writers was interesting and supportive. I also liked the reading material and the teaching style - excellent workshop.” - former student


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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class (minus $50 administrative and registration fee), 50% refund after 1st class (minus $50 registration fee), no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu with questions or to submit a refund request.