Reader Series

Read Like a Writer: Short Fiction - Session One - January 2024


The best way to improve as a writer is to write. The second best way is to read and analyze contemporary literature. Join us for this reader series class where we will take a deep dive into the craft of one short story each month. We’ll unpack character, structure, dialogue, plot, details, theme, tone, cultural context and more using examples from a wide variety of contemporary writers representing the future of short fiction. We’ll also discuss what we can takeaway and learn for our own writing styles, projects, and processes. Copies of the stories will be provided in advance of each class. Join us for advanced-level craft lessons, writer-centered discussion, and great reading.

NOTE: You can register for just the first session, or receive a discount by committing to the full year.

Session 1

Jan 9: “Witness" – Jamal Brinkley
Feb 6: “The White Cat’s Divorce" – Kelly Link
Mar 5: “A Soul of Small Places" – Mame Bougouma Diene and Woppa Diallo (2023 Caine Prize Winner)
Apr 2: “The Pull" – Lydia Yuknavich

Session 2

May 7: “In Flux" – Jonathan Escoffery
June 4: “Rabbit Test" – Samantha Mills (2023 Hugo and Nebula Winner)
July 2: “Prussian Blue" – Benjamin Labatut
Aug 6: “Xífù" – K-Ming Chang (O’Henry Prize)

Session 3

Sep 3: “Filthy Animals" – Brandan Taylor
Oct 1: “Ira and the Whale" – Rachel B Glaser (O’Henry Prize)
Nov 5: “Seeing Through Maps" – Madeline ffitch
Dec 3: “Pig Son" – Sequoia Nagamatsu


Details: Read Like a Writer: Short Fiction - Session One takes place the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm remotely through Zoom.

Prerequisite: None

Genre: Fiction reader series

Level: All experience levels welcome

Format: Craft-based discussion

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 25 participants (including scholarships)

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 11.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

Tuesday, January 9, 2024
7:00 pm
8:30 PM
Tuesday, February 6, 2024
7:00 pm
8:30 PM
Tuesday, March 5, 2024
7:00 pm
8:30 PM
Tuesday, April 2, 2024
7:00 pm
8:30 PM
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All Levels
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Matt Weinkam

Matt Weinkam is a writer, editor, instructor and the executive director of Literary Cleveland. His work has been published in Denver Quarterly, Sonora Review, New South, DIAGRAM, and Electric Literature. He holds an MA in creative writing from Miami University, an MFA in fiction from Northern Michigan University, and he has taught creative writing as far away as Sun Yat-sen University in Zhuhai, China. Contact Matt at

This class takes place online via Zoom

Cleveland OH 44120

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