Mockler's Short Story Workshop

Learn how to write a short story in six weeks!

Mockler's Short Story Workshop

Workshop Dates: TBA

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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 six-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.

Experience Level: Introductory

Limit: 10 participants

Length: 6 weeks

Dates: TBA

Day/Time: Sundays mornings 11:00am to 1:00pm (Eastern Time Zone)

Cost: $450 (USD)

Sign up here if you'd like updates about course offerings or email me if you'd like to be placed on the wait list for the next course. Space is limited so sign up early.

Your Instructor

Kathryn Mockler
Kathryn Mockler

"Kathryn Mockler makes students' writing come alive." - Western News

Kathryn Mockler is an award-winning writer, poet, screenwriter, editor, publisher, and creative writing professor.


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start?
The course starts in January 2017.

This course is not open for enrollment.