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Designed for writers working on a collection of short stories, we’ll closely examine several published story collections to figure out the ways in which a writer structures and orders a book-length collection. We’ll look for patterns instructive to the organization and completion of our own projects, identifying and discussing current trends in short fiction—all with an eye toward eventual publication. While our discussion will mostly center on picking apart prize-winning debut collections, we’ll also do several short exercises pertaining to our own collections-in-progress.
Jennine Capó Crucet’s first book, How to Leave Hialeah, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the John Gardner Book Prize, the Devil’s Kitchen Award in Prose, and was named a Best Book of the Year by The Miami Herald, the New Times, and the Latinidad List.