12-Week Short Story Writer Coaching Program

Led by Author Blair Hurley

Next program begins on September 22, 2022. 6 writers only!

In this 12-week writer coaching program you will work closely with Author Blair Hurley to improve your writing and polish one or more short stories!

You will refine your craft and learn the art of writing exceptional short stories. You'll receive weekly feedback on your writing, enjoy motivation and accountability, and join a fun, supportive community of your fellow writers.

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Fine-Tune Your Craft and Master the Art of the Short Story

How does the process of writing a short story begin? And how does a writer carry an idea through to a finished work of fiction?

Writing is not just the arrival of an idea on the doorstep: it’s a process of drafting, shaping, and revising that leads to a polished final work.

In this 12-week group coaching program, Author Blair Hurley will teach you how to jumpstart your story idea, from inception to the creation and revision of final drafts.

At the end of this 12-week program, you’ll use the feedback you've received from an industry expert (and your peers) to raise your writing and your short story to the next level. 

You'll walk away with a great foundation in the craft of creative writing—from character, to point of view, to voice, etc. 

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Meet Blair (and listen to her "touch the bear" advice)

Receive Feedback from a Supportive Peer Group

There is no better motivation for writers than getting instant feedback on your work. In this program, you will share your writing (up to 4,000 words each week) and receive helpful feedback and guidance from author Blair Hurley and other writers in the program. 

Consider this program a kind of “One-Stop Shop” for building your short story writing career. It will turn you into a better writer, help you finish your book faster, and create the best, most polished product at the end of the 12 weeks.

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How will this program kick-start my writing career?

From our experience helping hundreds of writers with their books (and being writers ourselves), we know that writers improve fastest when they share their writing, get feedback, then incorporate that information into their work. 

The best kind of feedback is from an expert in the field—someone who has written and published numerous stories, and had her debut novel long listed for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize—someone like Blair Hurley, who will lead this coaching program.

Because this program is limited to 6 writers, each participant will get to share their writing each week and receive critical feedback from an industry expert and their peers, which will help you revise and improve your short story.

Each week, Blair will assign an optional short story reading that will help reinforce the lecture material and illustrate the application of these elements to the art of writing short stories. There will also be an optional 1- to 2-page assignment each week to reinforce the material on craft.

At the end of the 12-week program, you will have a polished short story written, and you will be well-positioned to publish, either traditionally or by self-publishing.

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About Author Blair Hurley

Blair Hurley is the author of THE DEVOTED, published by W.W. Norton, which was longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Her work is published or forthcoming in Paris Review Daily, Electric Literature, The Georgia Review, Ninth Letter, Guernica, West Branch, and elsewhere.

She received a 2018 Pushcart Prize and two Pushcart Prize nominations in 2019.

Blair received her A.B. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. from NYU. Today she teaches creative writing at Grubstreet, Catapult, and elsewhere.

She is the host of the Writerly Bites podcast.

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Who is this program for?

  • Writers who want to launch their writing careers by becoming serious about the short story form—which is a crucial step to building your writer portfolio.
  • Writers who are willing to write, revise, and share pages weekly to receive feedback.
  • New writers who want to learn how to be a great writer by mastering the arts of...
    • Language
    • Voice
    • Character
    • Completing work, etc.
  • Writers who want to publish stories in magazines.

Who is this program NOT for?

We have designed a program that's meant to support writers who are at many stages in the writing process, but this is not for everyone. The format and approach will likely not suit the following writers:

  • Advanced writers.
  • Writers with a completed short story who are unwilling to make potentially major changes to their work.
  • Writers with a polished short story who are primarily interested in learning how to get published.
  • Traditionally published authors who are already familiar with writing process challenges including finishing multiple drafts, seeking peer feedback, and getting published.
  • Writers who are unwilling to write and submit new work weekly.
  • Writers who are NOT writing short stories.

Results You Can Count On

Picture your short story featured in your favourite literary magazine. Picture holding a printed copy of that magazine in your hands, your words staring back at you. Picture seeing it on bookstore shelves around the world. Picture pulling it up online and seeing hundreds of rave reviews.

This 12-week intensive mentorship will help you get there. 

This program is led by Blair Hurley, an award-winning author with numerous years of experience in the publishing industry. She knows great writing, and what publishers—and readers—are looking for.

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Stop Making the Same Mistakes Over and Over

You've been struggling to master the art of the short story for long enough.

You've read countless blogs and interviews with legendary authors, hoping to finally find the secret sauce that will elevate your slapdash stories to Murakami heights.

You've come up with countless ideas, but only finished a handful of stories; and are  truly proud of only a few.

You could stay in this place, unsure about what makes a good short story, desperate to know what you're missing, and why your stories aren't connecting.

You could continue trading notes with writing friends you met online, scrolling through blogs, or wasting time on Twitter.

...But we'd rather help you leave a legacy for the world in the pages of your stories!

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Program Format

  • Duration: 12 weeks. Next program begins on September 15, 2022.
  • Meetings: Thursdays from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Eastern Time (Toronto/NYC) weekly.
  • Share your work and post questions at any time on our private Slack channel for feedback and discussion.
  • Weekly: Slack check-ins from Author Blair Hurley, who will provide feedback on your writing and guidance on your project.
  • Most Weeks: 90-minute, live group video chat sessions with Blair and your peers. This includes a 30-minute lecture on a specific element of the short story craft, and 1 hour for Q&A and verbal feedback on stories


Program Schedule, September-December 2022

(Dates subject to change.)

September 22: Introductory video chat and first sharing and feedback session
September 29: Video session
October 6: Slack session
October 13: Video session
October 20: Slack session
October 27: Video session


November 3: Writing catch-up week
November 10: Slack session
November 17: Video session
November 24: Slack session
December 11: Video session
December 8: Slack session
December 15: Video session


In this program you will receive weekly feedback that will help you improve your writing, find accountability and motivation, and join a fun, supportive community so that you can produce your best short story and get published faster—all under the guidance of an established author.

The cost for 12 sessions and ongoing engagement via Slack is USD$1,495 USD $1,795.


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Registration closes in:

5 spots left

Not sure if this program is a fit for you?

Our consultants (who are also writers) will meet with you to discuss your project, goals, and suitability for the program.

Or email us with your questions. We try to accomodate all special requests.


What Writers Are Saying About Blair Hurley

"Blair is an absolutely wonderful instructor. She has an innate knack for turning a conversation into a moment to drop brilliant knowledge on the writing process. In short, Blair is truly brilliant.”

“Terrific! I didn't expect to generate so much new work and Blair's critiques were extremely useful. Plus, she was available when I needed specific guidance. I'll definitely take any class Blair offers in the future.”

“Never met a more passionate, well-versed, and intelligent professor who encouraged meaningful discussions and the opportunity for professional growth.”

“Blair gave me great feedback on my drafts, which really helped my writing.”

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