Sometimes you finish a short story, but you’re not finished with the world itself. Or perhaps while the story is finished, you’re not quite convinced it’s complete.  

This workshop aims to explore the ways a short story can be expanded. It will delve into why expanding a short story might be beneficial, the technical differences between the two mediums, and if it should be attempted for a particular piece.

Required Reading:

“You Were Once Wild Here” by Carlie St. George (CW’12)

Recommended Readings — Examples of different ways to expand your stories:

Linked Short Stories

Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga

The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Embedded Narrative/Nested Stories

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (CW: Nazism)


Anything on Serial Box 

Hope and Red by Jon Skovoron 

This workshop is available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $55 fee.

Unless otherwise stated, all times listed are US Pacific Time.

We offer a limited number of scholarships for each class to Black and Indigenous writers and writers from other marginalized backgrounds on a first come, first served basis. Please email us at with a one-paragraph statement about your scholarship interest and/or need. Please include the name of the class you would like to apply the scholarship to.

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Clarion West will refund all class fees if the request is made 30 days prior to the class date. Refund requests made within 30 days of the class will be honored if we can fill the seat. Any exceptions are subject to approval by our workshop staff.