Short Story Intensive with Mary Robinette Kowal


September 29, 2022

Time (US Pacific):

4:00 pm


In this five-session Short Story Intensive, Mary Robinette Kowal will show participants how to create and structure a short story through a series of exercises that build off each other.


When people struggle to write short fiction, the problem usually begins with the idea. It often leads to a story that is too long, or the beginning of a novel, or so simplistic that it is dull.

In this five-session workshop, we’ll walk through the process of how to create and structure an effective short story that avoids the aforementioned issues. Each session, you will be given an exercise that builds on the previous session.

The class gives you tools to create compelling characters and dialogue, and understand plot structure. At the end of this multi-day workshop, participants will use those tools to write a short story.

For writers of all levels. No advance preparation is required.


Limited free registration: We offer a percentage of seats in every class to BIPOC writers for free, regardless of financial need. Free seats for this class will be awarded by lottery approximately one week before the class begins. To enter, please email us with your name, the best way to reach you, and the name of the class:  For more information, see our equity and inclusion policies.

The Supporting Tuition rate is shown for each class or workshop for folks who are able to pay it. Paying the Supporting Tuition rate enables us to continue to pay our staff and instructors equitably as well as support access to classes for others who may be in a different situation. 

For folks who are under more limited economic circumstances, no matter your background, we offer a discount code for reduced pricing: CWDISCOUNTS4WRITERS. If this will help you take the class, you are invited to use this code for a 26% discount on all online classes and workshops. For more information about when to use this discount, please see our financial aid policies.

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Event Schedule Details

  • September 29, 2022 4:00 pm   -   5:30 pm
  • October 6, 2022 4:00 pm   -   5:30 pm
  • October 13, 2022 4:00 pm   -   5:30 pm
  • October 27, 2022 4:00 pm   -   5:30 pm
  • November 3, 2022 4:00 pm   -   5:30 pm

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