While there is much overlap between novel writing and short story writing, in this two hour class, we will focus on key elements such as characterization and setting and storyline (or plot) as they specifically relate to short stories. We’ll pay special attention to creating fast openings and story set-ups for both traditional short stories and flash fiction. We’ll do a short writing exercise with some group sharing and feedback to generate story ideas and creative ways of opening stories.
Robert Garner McBrearty’s short stories have been included in many leading literary publications including the Pushcart Prize anthology, Narrative, North American Review, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, StoryQuarterly, and the New England Review. He’s the author of three short story collections and has a novel soon being published. His writing awards include the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award and fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. His stories have often been performed by professional actors at Stories on Stage, and a short story of his was recently adapted as a one-act play and won the Maine Drama Festival. He has taught writing courses for over thirty years and has also served as an assistant editor for various publications.