Advanced Short Story
with Becky Mandelbaum
In this course, we'll explore how to make a manuscript publication-ready, addressing a range of questions that typically arise during writing and revision. Where does the story start? What is the story about? What should the writer cut or add to serve this "aboutness"? Looking at contemporary short stories as a model, we'll discuss crafting scenes, shaping characters, building tension, sharpening dialogue, and editing on the sentence level. Every student will have the opportunity to workshop their writing. We will also discuss how to submit work and enter contests.
August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)
August 23: Member registration opens
August 30: General registration opens
Becky Mandelbaum is the author of The Bright Side of Sanctuary for Animals and Bad Kansas, the latter of which received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the High Plains Book Award for First Book, and was a Kansas Notable Book. Her work has appeared in One Story, The Sun, The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Writing by Writers, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and Lighthouse Works, and was a finalist for the 2019 Disquiet Literary Prize in Fiction, the 2020 Missouri Review Editor’s Prize in Fiction, and the 2020 Nelson Algren Award. Originally from Kansas, she currently lives in Bellingham, Washington.
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