Short Fiction Masterclass by Kevin Brockmeier

  • 02 Jun 2024
  • 07 Jun 2024
  • Reid Hall, 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris
  • 11


  • till 15 March 2024
  • from 16 March 2024 onwards


Your full workshop package includes: Welcome reception, a five-day masterclass, individual teacher consultations, a literary walk, early evening panels, readings and closing reception.

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About the instructor: Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the novels The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead, and The Truth About Celia; the story collections Things That Fall from the Sky and The View from the Seventh Layer; the children’s novels City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mystery; a memoir of his seventh-grade year called A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip; and, most recently, a collection of flash fiction called The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories. His work has been translated into eighteen languages. He teaches frequently at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was raised.

Course description: Orson Scott Card said that "there are a thousand right ways to tell a story, and ten million wrong ones, and you’re a lot more likely to find one of the latter than the former your first time through the tale." Our goal for this course will be to read each other's work and to help each other, as writers, find one of the thousand right ways to tell your story. Whether you regard yourself as a genre fiction writer, a mainstream fiction writer, a realist, a fantasist, or somewhere in between, as long as you arrive with an interest in improving your work and making discoveries, our workshop will offer a welcome environment.

We will devote roughly an hour to discussing each student’s manuscript, drawing the writer’s attention to its virtues, flaws, lulls, delights, confusions, and enticements. We’ll also read a handful of published stories by masters of the craft, authors who approach their work with vision, craft, and a complex and absorbing sense of what it means to be alive, with the goal of examining their work for the creative lessons they might offer.

For writers of all levels.

Preparation: I’ll ask each of you to submit a manuscript between 10 and 25 pages long by 1 May 2024 to This can be either a short story, or a bundle of flash fiction. Please include your masterclass workshop name with your materials. Your classmates and I will read your work in advance of our week together, prepare a letter for you, and come to the table prepared to discuss it in detail.

Agent consultations: For an additional fee, you can register for one, or two, agent consultations. Available exclusively to participants who have enrolled in a masterclass. Space is limited. More information here on Oliver Munson, and more information here on Caroline Hardman.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refund through 15 April 2024 minus 100€ admin fee
  • Half refund through 30 April 2024 minus 100€ admin fee
  • No refund after 30 April 2024

In the event of unforeseen circumstances, PWW reserves the right to replace an instructor.

Good to know: 

  • WICE members can register for this event online using WICE's fast and secure online system. Simply click on the link and follow directions.
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