What Makes a Good Story,
with Jim Brennan

Saturday, January 16, 2021

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This workshop is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main Street, Lancaster, Massachusetts 

please note that due to covid-19, this program may be subject to change and may be online.

This is a workshop for people who like to read short stories and have been wanting to write their own. We will begin by discussing the building blocks of fiction and how writers utilize them to make compelling stories by looking at a couple of stories by masters of the craft. Then, with some tools, tips, and TLC, participants will have the opportunity to “play” with the blocks as they write to prompts provided by the facilitator. Participants will come away with an understanding of how stories work, material that could be the beginning of a short story, and some suggestions and resources to not only keep them going but help them aim toward publication.

Jim Brennan teaches writing and literature at Quinsigamond Community College and is the faculty adviser to the College’s Creative Writing Club. He holds an MFA in literature and writing with an emphasis on fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Slab, Edge, Adelaide Literary Magazine, First Line, Colere, Charles River Review and other publications. He is working on a collection of short stories.