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“Ever since I began writing, I’ve been fascinated by the short story form,” Jennifer Lewis says. “You can read a short story from beginning to end in one sitting. I love the immediacy and resolve, the feeling of completion with an economy of words.”
In this 9-week class, we will generate short story ideas and create one complete first draft of a story. Step 1 will be drafting new material from in-class prompts. Step 2 will be sharing and receiving both partner and instructor feedback, and Step 3 we will learn about the revision process by adding missing craft elements or compressing ideas so the reader can focus on their developing style.
Each week we will read a visceral short story from authors like C Pam Zhang, Zadie Smith, and Denis Johnson, discussing how the style used in each packs the most punch. We will do in-class writing prompts so we can practice channeling other voices, leaning into the absurd, and blurring the lines between reality and altered states.
“By the end of nine weeks,” Jennifer says, “you’ll walk away with the ability to capture the aliveness that a short story often requires, and a better understanding of the revision process. Students will learn to purge their ideas via freewrites, then how to create some distance from their “big ideas”, and finally, to create brevity on the page.”
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com.
Jennifer Lewis is the editor of Red Light Lit. Her short story, “The New Low,” was the winner of The Bindle Award, forthcoming this fall in the Nomadic Press Journal. In June 2017, she was the first runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Creative Non-Fiction Award for her short story, “Holy Communion.” Her fiction has been published in Cosmonaut’s Avenue, Eleven Eleven, Fourteen Hills Press, and Midnight Breakfast. She received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University in May 2015 and was the recipient of the Leo Litwak award for creative non-fiction in 2012 and for fiction in 2015.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, January 10, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, January 17, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, January 24, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, January 31, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, February 07, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, February 14, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, February 21, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, February 28, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, March 07, 6:30pm-9:00pm