Guided by Clif Travers, explore the essential elements of good writing in short fiction and learn how to craft memorable short stories that will captivate readers from beginning to end.

Oct 10, 2023 - Oct 26, 2023

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $695
Workshop Duration: 15 hours over 6 sessions (Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-8:30pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 10

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26 from 6-8:30pm.

The Pleasures and Pains of Writing Short Fiction with Clif Travers

What makes any story come alive on the page? Is it the plot? The characters? Or is it a particular situation with realistic dialogue? And what makes it a short story, anyway?

These are questions all short story writers confront in the process of telling a tale. Guided by Clif Travers, in this workshop, we will discuss the elements of good writing and how they apply to short fiction, generally described as 1k-8k words. We will read and discuss three short stories by authors who have dealt with these components differently, and you will then write your own pieces incorporating the elements we’ve discussed. We’ll do writing exercises that will address the above questions, and then we’ll analyze what “works” and why.

All levels are invited. This will be a workshop environment with one-on-one sessions scheduled. Contribution to the discussions and feedback on submitted work will be expected. 

Writing can be fun, but it’s also hard work. We’ll be doing both.

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Instructor: Clif Travers

Clif Travers is a visual artist and writer living in Portland, Maine. His writing has been featured in Underwood Press, Freeze Frame fiction, Coffin Bell Journal, Crack the Spine Anthology, among others. His collection of linked stories, The Stones of Riverton, is scheduled for publication by Down East Books in September 2023. He received his MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine.