Short Story Writing (6-Week Workshop)


Short Story Writing 

This is a 6-week course that meets Wednesdays, February 27–April 3, 2013, from 7–9 p.m.


Short stories are the bedrock of great American literature. Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Carver, Welty, Faulkner, the list goes on. Are you eager to write (and publish) your short story ideas? Are you interested in learning the inside tips to winning short story contests? Or how to pitch your short story to film studios for a movie idea? (A Christmas Story, Field of Dreams and 2001: A Space Odyssey are just a few of the many great movies that are based on short stories.)

In this 6-week class, you’ll learn how to write a short story, and how to craft narratives that resonate with readers and editors alike. Discover techniques for developing unforgettable characters, creating compelling narratives, and fine-tuning your story’s pacing and dialogue. The reading and writing assignments are designed to motivate you as you workshop your stories with a brain bank of fellow creatives.

During the course, you’ll write a short story and receive detailed feedback on the revision process. After completing the class, you’ll understand the overall landscape of short fiction, from 20th century masters to emerging new voices. You’ll also have a workable strategy for selling and publishing your stories in the literary marketplace.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

•          Develop vivid characters and scenes

•          Build narrative tension and airtight plots

•          Write layered, believable dialogue

•          Navigate the wide market of short fiction published today

•          Pursue publication of short fiction, including print and online

By the end of class, you’ll have:

At least one polished short story ready to be submitted for publication, and a list of publication and/or editor contact info in the market for your material.

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Instructor Tray Butler is an author and journalist whose short stories, essays, humor pieces, travelogues, reviews and hard news have appeared in a variety of outlets in the U.S. and Britain. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of London’s Birkbeck College and an ABJ from the University of Georgia. He currently teaches Creative Writing courses at Emory Continuing Education. The new edition of his city guidebook, Moon Atlanta, is available now from fine booksellers everywhere.

Cost: $299 for the 6-week course that begins Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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“Tray’s class not only inspired me to write, but for weeks I proved to myself that I could actually write every day. The exercises he guided us through in class were fun, surprisingly therapeutic and self-affirming. He has a thoughtful, supportive style that creates a safe place to learn, explore, experiment and have fun while stretching your creative wings.” — John Musser

“The money I paid for Tray Butler’s writing class was, cent for cent, better spent than the thousands I put toward my degree in terms of bringing my writing to life. His talks were engaging and inspiring, while the reading assignments were thoughtful and supportive of the work we were doing. Due to his encouragement, I had an output of greater than 30,000 words in the six-week class—and that was all handwritten!” — Michelle Roebuck

“In a writing workshop environment, I value Tray’s feedback immensely. It’s clear that he takes a great deal of care in reading and critiquing the submitted work. His comments are always insightful, well balanced and he’s generous with praise when it’s due.” — Karin Salvalaggio

SIGN UP by clicking the button below to register for the course that begins Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. (Classes meet each Wednesday until April 3).

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