“Building Your Story” Workshop


How to do you take an idea for a short story and develop it into something that’s complete, satisfying, and makes your readers feel like they’ve truly experienced another world? It can feel magical when it’s done, but there’s actually nothing mysterious about writing a short story.

With writing exercises in fundamental elements like characterization, dialogue, setting, and scene building, you’ll move from an idea to a completed draft. The goal of these weekly exercises is producing a short story you can be proud of. Think of this workshop as doing an independent study: I’ll work with each participant individually via email. You’ll send me your writing as a Microsoft Word file attached to your email which I will edit and comment on, and return to you. Before the workshop begins, we’ll speak on the phone about your goals for the workshop and to get acquainted.

My writing career started with a prize-winning short story that was published in Redbook Magazine whose audience was 4.5 million readers at the time, and I’ve always had a special fondness for this genre. I’ve published dozens of stories in a wide range of magazines and newspapers, and many have been chosen for anthologies in the U.S. and Britain, with my first solo collection of short stories winning a prize.

Enrollment is limited to ten participants. To enroll you need to register and pay the workshop fee of $260 (including the PayPal handling charge). Fees are not refundable, but if you need to re-schedule, we can find another month that works for both of us.

Please note: You must be 18 or over to register for this workshop.

Register for “Building Your Story” by filling out the form below, and then paying the workshop fee on the following page.