Start Small: What Writers Can Learn from Very Short Stories

Start Small: What Writers Can Learn from Very Short Stories

Jennifer Tseng
November 6 to December 1, 2017
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4-Week Workshop

Reading and writing Very Short Stories can teach us several basic lessons of fiction writing, including the art of omission, compression, economy, and urgency. Whether you’re already part of the current Very Short Story renaissance or plan to use your Very Short Story as a springboard for a longer project, this four-week class will help you set limits that both sharpen your focus and expand your artistic freedom. Daily readings, prompts, and exercises will be provided. At the end of the course, you will receive a detailed, written response to your work. Everyone welcome.


Jennifer Tseng is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Her poetry collections include The Man With My Face and Red Flower, White Flower. Her novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness, was a finalist for the New England Book Award and shortlisted for the PEN Prize for Debut Fiction. Her most recent book is a story collection, The Passion of Woo and Isolde. She teaches year-round for the Fine Arts Work Center's online writing program. 

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