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Word Works Workshop

Work with Pulitzer Prize finalist in fiction, Kelly Link, author of Get in TroubleMagic for BeginnersStranger Things Happen, and more. You will have the first five pages of your story or novel chapter reviewed during class. Kelly Link will review your entire story or novel chapter. Please follow the directions below following your registration. There will be a one-hour lunch break each session.

After registering:

  • Email christine@hugohouse.org your [story], or [novel chapter & one-page novel synopsis] by August 31. Your story or novel chapter can be up to 6,000 words. Kelly Link will review the entirety of your submission.
  • You will receive an email on September 1 with the first 5 pages of your fellow students’ submission.
  • Read all excerpts, and come to class prepared to talk about the DNA encoded in the first five pages — especially in the first few opening paragraphs. What are you hoping for from the rest of the story/novel? What do you think the story is about? What does the language promise, and what is the thing that excites you?



Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Kelly Link

Class Type: 2 Sessions


Start Date: 09/08/2017

End Date: 09/09/2017

Days of the Week: Friday, Saturday

Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$427.50 Member Price:
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$475.00 General Price:

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Kelly Link

Kelly Link is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

Link was born in Miami, Florida. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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