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Weekday Classes

Introduction to Short Fiction

Ongoing Classes - Starting November 8

Tuesday Mornings 10am-12pm

$35.00 per class





This is an introductory course on the writing of imaginative short fiction, in which we will study and discuss various elements of short story craft, such as character, setting, conflict, plot, and theme. Emphasis will be placed on writer-as-reader, and each class will consist of discussion of assigned readings, craft-focused writing exercises, and workshopping of student work. This coarse is geared toward helping beginning writers access and develop their individual voice. Since there is no “correct” way to write a story, each class will focus on helping writers identify the techniques that most work for them personally. The focus of this workshop is short fiction; novelists are welcome, but will be asked to write short stories for the purposes of classroom workshop and discussion.




Zachary Doss received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, where he studied with Kellie Wells, Michael Martone, and Joel Brouwer. He is a former fiction editor and editor-in-chief of Black Warrior Review, currently edits fiction for Banango Street, and is a volunteer fiction screener for Ploughshares. This winter, he will be a guest editor for volume five of Lockjaw. His short fiction and poetry has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, literary journals such as Sonora Review, Passages North, Fourteen Hills, Caketrain, DIAGRAM, Wigleaf, Yemassee Journal, Lumina, and Paper Darts, among others. His short story “Bespoke” was the winner of Puerto del Sol’s 2016 contest in fiction. He lives in Houston, Texas, where he occasionally writes about theater for Arts + Culture Texas and is working on finishing his first collection of short stories.


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