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Crafting the Short Story

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Novel writing is an art form unto itself, but short story creation is often overlooked and neglected, and can be a tricky art to master. It has been suggested that writing short stories can even be more difficult than novels. Impossible? Take this course and judge for yourself!

Here’s an opportunity to focus on writing effective short stories, covering many of the basics of short story writing. You'll learn how to set the scene, create believable characters and wrap everything up in a nice neat little package.

With an emphasis on developing the craft through good writing practices and habits, the course offers tips and advice on discovering the joys of short speculative fiction. Writers of all levels are welcome!

No materials required.

Course details

Dates: Mondays, Sept. 21 to Nov. 2, 2020 (6 weeks - no class Oct. 12)
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Offered online
Course fee: $149 (+ HST)
Instructor: Joe Powers

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About the instructor

Joe Powers is a horror writer with a fondness for literary sleight-of-hand. He loves the idea of prompting a strong emotional reaction using no more than words and his slightly off-center imagination, and delights in taking the reader on journeys to previously unexplored regions.

He is a member of the Horror Writers’ Association, ArtsLink NB, the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick, the NB Authors Portal and the Short Fiction Writers' Guild, and is active in the local arts and writing communities. His work has appeared in several anthologies and magazines including Twisted Tails, Hard Luck, Fear’s Accomplice: Halloween, Blight Digest and Twice Upon a Time.

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