ClassAdvanced Short Fiction Workshop
This class is for writers who are serious about the craft of the short story and are looking to take their writing to the next level. Most of our time will be spent discussing your work, helping you to make the stories the best they can be. The teaching artist will point out areas in your manuscript in process that show particular strengths, or some areas you may need to further develop in order to bring out the impact of your story. We'll review the basics of narrative craft—character, plot, point-of-view, voice—but we'll also challenge ourselves by exploring new ways of looking at the short story form. We'll examine the tension between symbolism and reality, how good writers show and tell, and how all dialogue is an attempt to say the unsayable. Last but not least, we'll try to answer that age-old question: Just what the heck is a short story anyway?
Please obtain a copy of The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: 50 North American Stories Since 1970, edited by Lex Williford and Michael Martone, 2nd edition, and read the story “A Temporary Matter” by Jhumpa Lahiri before the first class. If you'd like to obtain this required book while supporting the Loft Literary Center, please consider visiting the Loft's Bookshop page here! Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores and related organizations.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.