Writing the Short Story

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The focus of this workshop is on participants’ work. Each writer will submit up to two stories for constructive critique. In addition, we’ll examine short story elements and techniques, and review short story markets and strategies for submitting work. Required text: The Best American Short Stories 2019, edited by Anthony Doerr.

About Dana Cann

Dana Cann is the author of the novel Ghosts of Bergen County (Tin House). His short stories have been published in The Sun, The Massachusetts Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Florida Review, and elsewhere. He’s received awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and The Sewanee Writers Conference. He also teaches in the M.A. in Writing program at Johns Hopkins.

Teaching Style: Dana believes that you become a better writer through lots of reading and lots of writing. You'll do both in his workshop. While Dana will provide some instruction, most of the class time will be spent generously, encouragingly, and constructively discussing participants' stories.

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