PWU244 The Art of Writing Novella and Short Story

  • 24 Jun 2014
  • 28 Jun 2014
  • American University of Paris
  • 12


  • until 31 May, 2014
  • after 31 May, 2014

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The Art of Writing Novella and Short Story with Writer-in-Residence Nahid Rachlin

June 24-28, 2014 @ the American University of Paris

Course Description:

Whether you're a beginner or an advanced writer, the challenge in this course will be to hone your skills for writing novella and/or short story, from brainstorming to writing to editing. This will be done through discussions of character, voice, point of view, structure and other craft elements. We will comment on the pieces you hand-in as well as on in-class writing exercises.

We will study two published short stories, one by William Trevor and another by Alice Munro. We will recall the great novellas like Breakfast at Tiffany's, the Old Man and the Sea, Of Mice and Men and The Third Man. The aim is to get your story to the point that it is as good as it can be.

Requirements: Submit a 15-25 page draft of your work by 31 May, 2014. See the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of the Paris Writers' Workshop website for more details.


Agent Consultation: Your registration automatically entitles you to a one-on-one consultation with your workshop faculty member, however, if you wish to have a one-on-one consultation with a literary agent, please register for that separately. Agent consultations are 50 euro for PWW participants.

Literary Dinner: If you would like to attend the literary dinner, please register for that separately as well. Dinner rates for participants and their guests are 45 euro per person.

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