Constructing the Short Story

This four-week workshop will lead you through the construction of a short story, from conception to revision, with the goal of having a potentially publishable piece to submit to literary journals or genre fiction magazines by the end of the class. Students will read two short stories per week, develop a story of their own through exercises and drafting, critique one another’s first draft, and then submit a revised piece at the beginning of the fourth week.   This is an asynchronous course. Students can log in any time throughout the week to complete assignments and give and receive feedback.

The Jack Grapes METHOD WRITING Program

Finding Your Voice in Poetry & Prose

We want to connect with the world. We want to share the life that is inside us. We want to write poetry and prose that speaks the truth and moves the reader. But where do we start?

There’s a voice within all of us wanting to find its place in the world. The concepts and techniques in the Jack Grapes METHOD WRITING Program will lead you step by step, show you how to create compelling moments and scenes, how to move your reader with writing that jumps off the page and grabs them by the heart.

In this workshop, we will focus on stripping away the artifice of writing, the baggage that keeps us from the most essential building block of any writing: the Deep Voice. We’ll turn journal entries into poems and stories, and by the end of the class, you’ll produce a “chapbook” of your work, turning process into product. This class focuses on weekly journal writing using the techniques and concepts of Method Writing. Suitable for both poets and prose writers, beginners and advanced, this class will help you find your deep voice and use it to create clear and compelling written work.

Saturdays

The Jack Grapes METHOD WRITING Program

Finding Your Voice in Poetry & Prose

We want to connect with the world. We want to share the life that is inside us. We want to write poetry and prose that speaks the truth and moves the reader. But where do we start?

There’s a voice within all of us wanting to find its place in the world. The concepts and techniques in the Jack Grapes METHOD WRITING Program will lead you step by step, show you how to create compelling moments and scenes, how to move your reader with writing that jumps off the page and grabs them by the heart.

In this workshop, we will focus on stripping away the artifice of writing, the baggage that keeps us from the most essential building block of any writing: the Deep Voice. We’ll turn journal entries into poems and stories, and by the end of the class, you’ll produce a “chapbook” of your work, turning process into product. This class focuses on weekly journal writing using the techniques and concepts of Method Writing. Suitable for both poets and prose writers, beginners and advanced, this class will help you find your deep voice and use it to create clear and compelling written work.

Saturdays

Constructing the Short Story

This four-week workshop will lead you through the construction of a short story, from conception to revision, with the goal of having a potentially publishable piece to submit to literary journals or genre fiction magazines by the end of the class. Students will read two short stories per week, develop a story of their own through exercises and drafting, critique one another’s first draft, and then submit a revised piece at the beginning of the fourth week. Course starts on a Monday but students can log in any time throughout the week to complete assignments and give and receive feedback.