David Sedaris said that good short stories, “take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized now and uneasy with the fit.” How do they do this? Through a combination of readings, discussion, exercises, and critique this course will cover the elements in short fiction that – when done well – make for a great short story. We’ll discuss characters, plot, setting, dialogue, rewriting, and editing. The goal is to tighten these elements in our own stories. Beginning and intermediate short fiction writers are welcome. Participants can choose to have a short story critiqued in class, begin a new piece, or simply take everything in and use what they learn later. Maximum class size: 6
About the instructor:
Glendaliz Camacho studied English literature at Fordham University and worked in the editorial departments of Victoria Sanders & Associates and Cambridge University Press. She is a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee and 2015 Write A House Finalist. She has been an Artist in Residence at Jentel, Caldera, Kimmel Harding Nelson, Hedgebrook, and Lanesboro Arts. Glendaliz is an alum of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) Fiction Workshops. She is currently the recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace residency.
Her work appears in The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women (Shade Mountain Press), All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press), The Butter, The Brooklyn Rail, and Kweli Journal, among others.
Tuesdays (June 28, July 5, July 19, July 26)
6pm – 8pm in Upper Manhattan
For more information and to register: glendalizcamacho [at] gmail.com