Summer 2019: Short Story Crash Weekend

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Summer 2019: Short Story Crash Weekend


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Friday, June 7, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 9, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington.
Instructor: Natalie Serber
For Writers at All Levels

What’s with that story we’ve been dying to write but somehow flounders on the page? Or the story we’ve been dying to write but never make the time? The story that’s been dogging us but we don’t know where to begin?

In this Short Story Crash Course, we’ll spend a weekend discussing the form, getting words on the page, dismantling roadblocks, and advancing our stories. We will discuss character, plot, setting, conflict, and tension. We’ll look at scene and summary, how to begin, and at endings that leave a reader satiated.

On Friday evening the class will do generative writing with prompts to get you going. We’ll also look at what makes a successful beginning.

Saturday, we will do more writing, talk about story elements and Natalie will arm you with great practices to take home to your desk.

Sunday, the class will discuss story endings and have time to share work. Each writer will leave the workshop with pages under her belt, strategies to keep you going, a clear path for our story, and new writer friends to share the work with upon completion.

Natalie Serber is the author of the story collection Shout Her Lovely Name (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and a summer reading pick from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Books of the Pacific Northwest and an Indie Next Pick. Her memoir, Community Chest, was published by Two Sylvias Press. Her fiction has appeared in The Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, Inkwell, and Hunger Mountain. Essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Salon, The Rumpus, The Oregonian, The San Francisco Chronicle, Fourth Genre, and Hunger Mountain.

Previous students say:
“Natalie is a suberb teacher and facilitator”
“Natalie was very enthusiastic, supportive and constructive with her comments”

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships pay for the entire class tuition. All of our writing classes have at least one scholarship position available, made possible by a generous gift from Dennis Steinman. To apply, email Susan Moore, Director of Programs for Writers, at with your name, contact information. In addition, list three classes in order of preference, why you would like to request a scholarship, and if you have taken a Literary Arts class before. Please note that preference is not guaranteed. All scholarships are subject to availability. Scholarship availability is confirmed 1-2 weeks before the class begins.

CLASS LIAISONS: All classes have one liaison position. Liaisons receive free tuition in exchange for light duties before and after each class meeting.