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The Short Story for Beginners

Have you ever wanted to write a short story but aren’t sure how to go about it? Bring an idea — even a vague idea — to this course and learn how to turn it, step by step, into a story. With lectures, examples, and exercises, we will cover the basics of short story writing, including developing a plot, writing that first scene, creating interesting characters, intensifying conflict, writing the climax, and polishing the final draft. At each step, you will share your progress with — and get feedback from — the instructor and your beta-readers: the rest of the class.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Nancy Kress

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 03/19/2014

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$220.50 Member Price:
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$245.00 General Price:

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Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress is the author of nineteen novels, four story collections and three books about writing. Her work has earned many awards, including multiple Hugos and Nebulas.

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