The Short Story
Six-week course, with Winona Wendth
Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., April 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 14, 21, 2020
Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main Street, Lancaster, MA
Preregistration is required for the class. (See below)
This six-week class introduces the short story—what it is and what it isn’t—how to find inspiration for and develop one, and how to transform a chapter of a longer piece or a memoir into a self-contained “short form” work of fiction. Writers will practice both reading and writing short stories with the intention of producing at least one work that is “completed, but not finished
This class will include weekly reading and writing assignments related to setting, characters, narrative structure and plot, language and tone, and point of view.
By the end of these six sessions, writers should have the tools necessary to make and implement decisions regarding their short-from projects that will be close to ready for submitting for publication.
Writers will have time to devote to their own projects and revisions in class through guided exercises; they should plan to share their work with others, a necessary step in revision.
Class is limited to nine writers.
Winona Winkler Wendth holds an MFA in literature and writing with an emphasis on creative non-fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She teaches writing, literature, and other humanities courses at Quinsigamond Community College. Wendth has been a workshop leader in Lancaster since 2011 and a writing mentor since 2009. Her work appears frequently in print and online literary journals and was listed in Best American Essays/2010. She writes both fiction and creative non-fiction and is working on a collection of memoiristic essays as well as a short novel.
The fee for the three-week course is $200.00.
Deadline for registration: April 1, 2020