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Mockler's Short Story Workshop

Course Description

An Introduction to Writing Short Fiction

Have you always wanted to write a short story but don't know where to start?

For years I had wanted to be a writer, but I was too afraid to take the plunge. I even signed up for a creative writing class and immediately dropped it out of sheer terror. But over time, my desire to write creatively was stronger than my fear, and I ended up taking another course and committing to it. It was still scary, but it was also exciting to be doing the thing I had always wanted to do.

With that in mind, I've designed this course for those who have never written creatively or who haven't written in a long time or who work in another genre.

In this workshop, you'll be given writing prompts and deadlines, you'll be among a community of other writers like yourself, you'll be introduced to contemporary short fiction, and you'll receive feedback on the short story you write for this course.


In this five-week online course, award-winning writer, editor, publisher, and creative writing instructor Kathryn Mockler will lead you through the process of idea generation, drafting, and revising a short story.

Writing exercises, assignments, readings, and discussions focus on the fundamental elements of writing short fiction including setting, structure, theme, character, dialogue, voice, and point-of-view. Participants will provide feedback on the work of their peers and will receive a critique on one short story.


This course will take place on online and through video conferencing via Google Hangouts.

Experience Level: Introductory

Length: 5 weeks starting January 15, 2017

Day/Time: Sundays mornings 11:00am to 12:30pm (Eastern Time Zone)

Note that the first two weeks will be online and self-directed. Google Hangouts will start in Week 3.