This six-month, twelve-session class is designed to help serious intermediate and advanced writers focus intensively on developing and refining their short stories. Enrollment in this class is limited to eight students to create an intimate experience that ensures each student’s work gets significant attention. Though a collection-in-progress is not a prerequisite for applying to the class, students should ideally have at least two substantive story drafts ready to bring to the table.
In this class we’ll discuss process, review key craft elements (character, point of view, structure, voice/prose style, setting, dialogue), and read two exemplary texts per week to get a sense of the diversity, range, and narrative tools used in the contemporary short story.
Our primary aim, however, will be on revising student work to a high standard. Students will read each other’s story drafts weekly, discuss how to improve them in group workshops, and subsequently discuss revisions of those same drafts. Throughout the course, each student will receive substantial detailed feedback from their peers and from the instructor. Emphasis will be placed on building a sense of literary community within the class, and sharing generous criticism in ways that are both constructive and affirming. The effects of our group efforts should have a positive, lasting impact on the artistic development of each writer.
Course text: The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story, Ed. John Freeman, Penguin, 2021. I recommend purchasing the book for class discussion and personal reference, but I will aim to find pdfs of the texts for students who cannot afford or gain access to the anthology.
Intensives are six-month classes designed to help intermediate and advanced writers make significant progress on a book-length project. Classes are application-only and limited to eight dedicated participants selected through an application process. If you are committed to your work and could use structure, encouragement, and accountability to finish a book draft, Literary Cleveland Intensives are for you.
Genre: Short fiction.
Format: Craft lectures, discussions, and writing workshops.
Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.
Size: Limited to 8 participants (including scholarships).
Scholarships: Scholarship spots may be available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. If you are accepted for the class please let us know if you need a full or partial scholarship. Apply by December 1.
Cancellations & Refunds: There are no refunds for intensives.
To apply for the 2023 Story Intensive you must have completed drafts of at least two stories. Complete the application form and submit and a 5-page sample of writing (double-spaced, 12-point font).
Click the register now button to apply or follow this link to the application: https://forms.gle/WGGwY3iq38KU4kCf8.
Deadline for submissions is December 12. Writers selected for the class will be notified by the last week in December and will need to complete registration by early January. Interest-free payment options available.
Anthony Tognazzini's recent work has appeared in Electric Literature, Guernica, Crazyhorse, and TriQuarterly, among other journals, as well as on NPR's Selected Shorts and in Norton's 2018 anthology New Micro. His fiction collection, I Carry A Hammer In My Pocket for Occasions Such As These, was published by BOA Editions. Anthony has received fellowships from Yaddo, Millay, and the Ohio Arts Council. He currently lives in Ohio.