WEDNESDAYS, APRIL 3 —MAY 8 | How do they do it? In just a few pages, short story writers capture the essence of character, the physical experience of setting, the rhythm of authentic dialogue, and the forward motion of plot. They mix the insight of a novelist with the distilling power of a poet. In this class, there will be a combination of in-class exercises, lecture and discussion. We will practice the craft skills needed to create character, plot, setting and dialogue, and talk about transmuting ideas and feelings into story. We will read stories by the greats for inspiration and will workshop stories of our own. This class is suitable for beginners and anyone wanting to review and practice short story writing.
Audrey Ferber is a long-time teacher in the Bay Area. Her stories, essays and reviews have appeared in Lilith magazine, More magazine, the Cimarron Review, the AWP: Writer’s Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle, Fiction International, and elsewhere. She received her M.F.A. in writing from Mills College.
Number of sessions: 6
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Dates: Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8.
Course fee: $420