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Have you ever wanted to write a short story but aren’t sure how to go about it? Bring an idea — even a vague idea — to this course and learn how to turn it, step by step, into a story. With lectures, examples, and exercises, we will cover the basics of short story writing, including developing a plot, writing that first scene, creating interesting characters, intensifying conflict, writing the climax, and polishing the final draft. At each step, you will share your progress with — and get feedback from — the instructor and your beta-readers: the rest of the class.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.
Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Nancy Kress is the author of nineteen novels, four story collections and three books about writing. Her work has earned many awards, including multiple Hugos and Nebulas.