Intro to Fiction

Where does your story start?
How on Earth do you keep it going?
What’s the difference between ending a story and just stopping it?
Regardless of genre, length, or form, every story has a beginning, middle, and an ending—in no particular order. Beginning writers often start their stories
in the wrong place, confuse action with plot, and then end a scene a bit too early… or too late.
In five weeks, award-winning novelist, anthologist, and editor Nick Mamatas will guide you up and down the path of storytelling—through the architecture of fiction. Nick acquires novels and short fiction, and knows what agents and editors are looking for in today’s marketplace. His work is acclaimed by critics, and praise from outfits like Publishers Weekly and Booklist prove he knows how to keep a reader engaged.
This workshop will give you the tools you need to move through a story with confidence—whether it’s a novel, novella, or short story.
No more getting lost.


October 14, 2023 - November 18, 2023


2:30 pm - 4:30 pm




Harvey Milk Recreational Arts Center
50 Scott Street, San Francisco
Nick Mamatas


Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including I Am Providence and The Second Shooter. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Asimov's Science Fiction, and many other venues. Much of it was recently collected in The People's Republic of Everything. Nick is also an anthologist; his latest book is Wonder and Glory Forever: Awe-Inspiring Lovecraftian Fiction.