Start Small: What Writers Can Learn from Very Short Stories

Start Small: What Writers Can Learn from Very Short Stories

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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.

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Jennifer Tseng’s novel Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness was shortlisted for the PEN American Robert W. Bingham Award for Debut Fiction and for the New England Book Award. Her first poetry collection, The Man with My Face won the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s National Manuscript Competition and a PEN American Open Book Award; her second collection Red Flower, White Flower, featuring Chinese translations by Mengying Han and Aaron Crippen won the Marick Press Poetry Prize. Her most recent collections, Not so dear Jenny and The Passion of Woo and Isolde, won the Bateau Press Book Poetry Chapbook Contest and the Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest respectively. This spring, she'll be the 2018 Distinguished Visiting Writer at Oregon State University - Cascades.