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Crafting the Short Story

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Short story creation is an art form that is often neglected and overlooked. Related to - but entirely separate from - novel writing, short story creation can be a tricky art to master but also fun and rewarding. 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 and develop believable characters, avoid common pitfalls, and much more.

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: Thursdays, Jan. 28 to March 25, 2021 (6 weeks - no class March 4)
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Offered online
Course fee: $165 (+ HST) *Save 15% if you register before Jan. 14, 2021*
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 enjoys introducing the reader to flawed, believable characters and leading them on dark journeys with an unexpected twist. He has been a member of the Horror Writers’ Association, ArtsNB, 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 various anthologies and collections worldwide. His debut novel is the western/horror crossover, Terror in High Water.

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