"Kathryn Mockler makes students’ writing come alive ... Her real-world sense of the value of writing means she’s as engaged in the classroom as she is at her own writing desk."
—Western News, London, ON, On Winning the Angela Armitt Award for Excellence in Teaching at Western University
"I enjoyed the stories Kathryn chose, the prompts ... and how she broke down the elements of the short story in very concise and manageable bits. I found it inspiring, and enough work to keep me motivated to push myself along, without feeling overwhelmed throughout the course. I liked the online platform. It's really simple and easy to use."
—Natasha Nystrom, Vancouver BC, Mockler's Short Story Workshop Participant
“Here we are in the presence of subjects and predicates wielded bravely in the plain language of telling, as inherited, absorbed, reflected in the ‘family of work’ that includes, among others, Lydia Davis, J. Robert Lennon, and Richard Brautigan. Mockler’s first lines set worlds into motion…”
—Stephen Osborne, Geist
“Mockler’s bold, brilliant poems brim with shock and surprise.”
—Jonathan Ball, Winnipeg Free Press
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 self-paced text-based online course, you'll be given writing prompts, tips and resources, and you'll be introduced to contemporary short fiction. Over the four weeks you will be guided through the processes of idea generation, drafting, and revising a short story between 1500 and 2500 words.
Writing exercises, assignments, and readings, focus on the fundamental elements of writing short fiction including setting, structure, theme, character, dialogue, voice, and point-of-view and will assist you in the writing of your short story.
Format: This course will take place online and is self-paced.
Experience Level: Introductory
Length: 4 weeks
Cost: $50 (USD)
This course is ideal for those who want to complete a short story within four weeks but who have little or no creative writing experience.
Note: This is not a workshop-based course.
After You Complete Introduction to Short Fiction
Participants can then sign up for The Short Story Workshop which is a limited-enrollment workshop-based course taught through video conferencing where you participate in a group workshop and get live feedback on a short story from award-winning writer, professor, and publisher Kathryn Mockler.
Email Kathryn Mockler here if you'd like more details about The Short Story Workshop or would like to be placed on the waitlist.
"Kathryn Mockler makes students' writing come alive." - Western News
Her short fiction collection Watch Your Head is forthcoming with Book*hug in 2021. She is the author of the poetry books Some Theories (ST Press. 2017), The Purpose Pitch (Mansfield Press, 2015), The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, 2012), and Onion Man (Tightrope Books, 2011). She is the Toronto Editor of Joyland: a hub for short fiction and the Publisher of the online literary and arts journal The Rusty Toque.
In 2005, she attended the Canadian Film Centre's Writers' Lab and wrote two short films for the NBC/Universal Short Dramatic Film Program. She has seven shorts films and videos produced to date.
Her work has been broadcast on TMN, Movieola, and Bravo and has screened at festivals such as the Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series, Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Festival, Worldfest, Cinequest, and EMAF. Her films are distributed by Ouat Media, V-tape, and the Canadian Film Centre. She provides script analysis for major production companies and funding agencies in Canada.
Kathryn has taught creative writing, poetry, screenwriting, experimental writing since 2003 at four post secondary institutions.
She currently teaches creative writing at Western University where she won the Angela Armitt Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The poetry and fiction by other writers that she's published and edited have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry, The Journey Prize, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award.
Her undergraduate creative writing students have published in Vallum, Ditch, Poetry is Dead, The Malahat Review, and many other journals.
And they've gone on to study creative writing and screenwriting at Columbia University, University of Southern California, UBC, Guelph-Humber, Humber Film and Television Program, York University, University of Toronto, University of New Brunswick, and University of Victoria.
Find out more about Kathryn Mockler on her website.