Presentations and Workshops

Writing Short Stories

“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams.”

            Neil Gaiman

What does it take to write a short story? And what do you do with it when you’re done? We’ll talk about both of those questions, as well as read three short stories and use them for inspiration. There will be writing exercises, so bring your writing implement of choice and join me for a fun workshop!

Creating Animal Characters

Animal characters bring a depth to your story not achievable with human characters. By exploring four elements—point of view, intelligence, behavior, and The Wilding—and learning from such authors as Leonie Swann, Brooke Bolander, and Garth Stein, you can create unforgettable animal characters that readers identify with and love.

Using lecture, class interaction, and writing exercises (with flashcards!), this lively presentation is fun for writers of all experience levels and genres.