Study the Craft of Writingwith Windy Lynn Harris
Windy has taught the craft of writing for over a decade. She offers a variety of classes and webinars throughout the year.
Writer’s Digest is pleased to present an exclusive virtual conference for short story writers! On May 21-23, our Short Story Writing Virtual Conference will provide expert insights from SEVEN award-winning and best-selling authors on the finer points of how to write a short story. Spend the weekend learning techniques for honing your craft skills, marketing your short fiction, editing, and getting the tools you need to advance your career as a writer from seven different published authors*, then (if you choose) submit up to 500 words of a short story to an editor for critique. The editor will provide you with a personalized critique of your short story.
Experience the education, camaraderie, and opportunities provided by a live writing conference without ever having to leave your home!
All participants will benefit from:
- SEVEN all-new, one-hour webinar presentations provided by award-winning and bestselling authors*, all examining different aspects of writing short stories. Each session will include an opportunity for live Q&A with the authors!
- A critique (with written feedback) of the first 500 words of a short story from an editor.
- The ability to network with fellow writers via discussion boards that will be open throughout the weekend. Share ideas, and even your work if you choose.
- Unlimited OnDemand viewing! All conference sessions will be made available for download in the week following the live presentations. Even if you can’t attend every session live, you will be able to view each lecture on your own whenever you choose.
- Learn valuable techniques to hone your craft!
*Our craft-focused conference schedule is designed to provide the kind of education that all short story writers can use to take their work to the next level. The following sessions are confirmed for the event. Click on the “Conference Schedule” tab for the complete details on our lineup.
- Marketing Short Fiction: The Science of Publishing by Jacob M. Appel
The purpose of this session is to demystify the submission and selection process, ultimately leading to a more impressive acceptance to submission ratio.
- Editing the Short Stuff by Windy Lynn Harris
This session will walk you through a four-step plan to go from first draft to last with confidence.
- Whose Story Is It Anyway?: Point of View in Short Stories by Ran Walker
Award-winning author Ran Walker discusses the ins and outs, pros and cons, of using the various forms of point-of-view so that you can approach your next story with greater confidence.
- How to Use Eight (vs Five) Senses in the Short Story by Jenny Bhatt
During this session, we’ll look at practical examples from well-known short stories for how to leverage all eight senses in our own writing.
- Going Short: Flash Fiction for the Flash-Curious by Nancy Stohlman
In this session, veteran writer, publisher, and professor Nancy Stohlman will take you on a flash fiction journey to examine and discuss the fundamentals of flash, examine different approaches to the compressed narrative, debunk flash myths and distinguish flash fiction from its close cousins, the short story and the prose poem.
- How to Develop an Enticing Story Premise by Rachel Swearingen
In this session, you will learn how to use the elements of craft to discover the unique premise hiding in your material.
- Worldbuilding and the Bi-valve Heart of the Story by Brenda Peynado
This craft lesson will show you how to forecast the heart of the story within the first sentence or paragraph at the same time as it builds your fictional world, small or large—a family, a suburb, a spaceship, or a planet.
Register now for this online event!