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FREE [Short Story 101] Writing Workshop with Author Blair Hurley


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Virtual event, August 22nd, 2022, 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM Eastern Time

About this FREE online workshop

This 60-minute writing workshop will teach new and intermediate writers to improve their short stories.  This will increase your chances of selling your short story to a magazine, or your collection of short stories to a book publisher. 

This workshop is led by Author Blair Hurley who will share valuable resources that will leave you feeling motivated, and confident about the exact next steps you need to take to write and publish your short stories.

Join us on August 22nd, 2022, and we'll help you finally launch your short story career!

How will this workshop kick-start my writing career?
The most powerful short stories and novels are built on a foundation of great scenes. Scenes convey the fears and desires of characters in tense, funny, wonderful real-time action—but many writers struggle to write great scenes.

That's why In this workshop, we will:
  • Explore the 3 P's of great scenes (person, place, and problem).
  • Discuss how to get in and out of a scene efficiently.
  • Learn the differences between scenes, exposition, and “habitual time”.
  • Understand why rooting our most emotional moments in scenes can provide powerful, poignant experiences in fiction.
Over the hour you will work to construct and "scene-ify" your stories more effectively. We’ll examine classic scenes from short stories and novel excerpts, including work from Denis Johnson, Sandra Cisneros, Graham Greene, Joshua Ferris, and others.

You will leave the class with new strategies for building powerful, dramatic and compelling scenes—the most important element of every story.

At the end of the workshop there will be a Q&A session where you can ask Blair anything about writing and publishing. Come prepared with your questions! 

Am I ready for this workshop?

YES, we believe in you! This workshop is open to writers who are at any stage of the writing journey, writing short stories in any genre.

The best way to improve your writing and increase your chances of selling your short story to a magazine or publisher is to learn from an established, successful author.

Blair Hurley has written and published numerous stories, and had her debut novel long listed for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize, making her exactly that.

Whether you have...

  • Just an idea in your head
  • An outline of a story
  • A few lines down on paper, or
  • A full short story will benefit from this workshop. Join us to learn from an expert how to write and sell your short stories!


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.

What Writers are Saying About Blair

"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.”

Get VIP access

Can't attend in person, or want to be sure you don’t miss anything? Choose our VIP  option to get lifetime access to the workshop recording for only $10

You'll be able to go back and absorb Blair's knowledge whenever you want, at your own pace.

Choose the VIP option above!

VIP+ access: Work 1-on-1 with Author Blair Hurley

If you're truly committed to creating and publishing the best version of your short story, choose our VIP+ option, which includes access to the live event, the event recording, PLUS a 1-on-1 short story review with Author Blair Hurley.

This includes a 45-minute meeting with Blair, who will read up to 4,000 words of your short story in advance. She will tell you what's working and what's not in your story, how to fix it, and how to move forward to publication.

Choose the VIP+ option above!

How does this work?

60-Minute Zoom WorkshopParticipate in the workshop from the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world.

You'll get to interact with Blair and the other participants using video, audio, and text chat (or you can watch quietly in the background—we don't mind)! Limited to 100 writers.

Ask Blair questions either live during the event, or send them in by email afterwards.  We use Zoom for our webinars. Activating your webcam or microphone is not required to participate!

Note: This event will be recorded for marketing purposes.

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