This interactive, four-session workshop is a continuation of the Fundamentals of Short Fiction workshop. While FOSF 1 focuses on setting, character development, dialogue and description, part 2 covers new ground. Each two-hour session will explore a different element of style including: point of view, pacing, plot/structure and developing themes.
Each class will begin with a conversation about style, followed by a quick writing exercise addressing that day’s theme. Students will have an opportunity to share these exercises with the class. The prompts will be a fun way to exercise techniques discussed at the beginning of class and will hopefully spark ideas for future projects.
Students will be asked to submit a short piece of writing to the instructor prior to each class.
In the second half of each lesson, everyone will read aloud from their submitted work and receive in-depth feedback from the instructor and their peers. Students will also receive written feedback on their submitted work after each class.
Eva Crocker is a freelance writer based in Montreal, her short story collection Barrelling Forward (House of Anansi Press, 2017) was a finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Authors. The collection won the Canadian Authors’ Association Emerging Writer’s Award and the Alistair MacLeod Award for Short Fiction. Her non-fiction work has appeared in Maisonneuve Magazine, Border Crossings Magazine, Hamilton Review of Books, Visual Art News and Atlantic Books Today. Her debut novel All I Ask will be published by House of Anansi Press in June 2020.
Schedule (Eastern Time)
Thursday, August 6, 11 am - 1 pm
Thursday, August 13, 11 am - 1 pm
Thursday, August 20, 11 am - 1 pm
Thursday, August 27, 11 am - 1 pm
Who Should Take this Workshop?
You do not have to have completed Fundamentals of Short Fiction Part 1 in order to take Fundamentals of Short Fiction Part 2. This workshop is open to all experience levels, it’s for anyone who’s interested in getting constructive feedback on works in progress, finding inspiration for new projects through short writing exercises, meeting fellow writers and hopefully making some friends.
5585 Avenue du Parc
Montréal, QC H2V 4S8
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