Short Story Studio

09/13/2020 - 10/10/2020


Charlotte Lit's Zoom Room 1

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Early bird rate: $300 members; $375 non-members (includes one-year General Membership), applied automatically at checkout. Have you ever read a short story in one sitting and wondered how the writer managed to hold your attention? In this four-week class, Ashley will reveal the formula behind irresistible stories by writers such as Shirley Jackson, John Cheever, and contemporary voices. You’ll use Ashley’s unique “story triggers” to generate a premise for your own story, and then you’ll write it, following the guidance provided in bi-weekly video lectures. But you won’t be alone. You’ll receive teacher feedback on your premise and at three more stages during the class, for up to 3,000 words, including revision and submission tips. We’ll have weekly Zoom sessions for check-in and questions, and you’ll also have the option of peer engagement on our discussion board. By the end, you’ll have a technique you can use for life to write the kind of stories that will captivate your own readers, page by page.

This studio takes place asynchronously over four weeks using the Wet Ink platform. There will be two optional live Zoom Meetings: 7–7:45 pm; Monday, September 14 and Monday, September 28.

About the Instructor: Through a little intuition but mostly blind luck, Ashley Memory has twice won the Doris Betts Fiction Prize and earned a Pushcart Prize nomination for her fiction. But it wasn’t until she delved deeply into the short stories she’d admired for years that she unlocked their winning formula. Using the techniques described in this class, Ashley wrote a story that won 1st Place in the 2019 Starving Writer’s Contest and appeared in County Lines: A Literary Journal. Through the years, her short stories and flashes have appeared in The Thomas Wolfe Review, Cairn, Women on Writing, Carolina Woman, and numerous anthologies.