This class will explore a broad sample of short stories in order to introduce the form to new writers and observe how it has evolved through literary history. Along the way, participants will draft a single short story of their own in multiple stages, from first draft to final revision. Writers of all levels can expect to leave the class with one deeply-considered, carefully-constructed draft, as well as a foundation of appreciation for the possibilities of the form.
Instruction will include assigned readings from celebrated short story writers, fun and accessible writing prompts to kickstart the writing practice, constructive and practical exercises designed to inspire momentum through multiple drafts, and encouraging discussion and support from a community of writers. Each week will focus on a single element of fiction, including plot, scene, structure, setting, and characterization, via suggested readings, discussion, and workshop activities. Whether you are brand new to the practice of writing or a tenured veteran looking for a structured return to fundamentals, you are welcome in Introduction to Fiction: The Building Blocks of Short Stories.
Introduction to Fiction: The Building Blocks of Short Stories - July 2022 takes place Tuesdays July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, and August 23 from 6:30-8:30pm in person at Lake Erie Ink, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.
Justin Todd Smith is a writer and teacher living in Cleveland. He is a previous editorial assistant for the literary journal Ninth Letter and the recipient of the Mary Kay Peer Prize in both fiction and poetry.