Thursdays, October 27th - December 8th, 2022 (no class Thanksgiving)
6:30pm - 8:45pm ET, Zoom

In this six-week, 10-person online workshop, author Rachel Lyon (Self-Portrait with Boy) will guide students through the sometimes mechanical, often mysterious process of writing a short story. Brief in-class exercises will get your creative juices flowing. Workshop discussions will focus on specific aspects of craft, such as structure, dialogue, beginnings and endings, scene and exposition, character development, and more. Each student should plan to workshop one complete story or novel excerpt, and to offer constructive feedback weekly on others' work.


The class will meet and discuss student work once a week on Zoom starting Thursday, October 27th through December 8th, 2022. Tuition includes a 30-minute independent meeting with the instructor.


We are seeking writers who are looking to hone their craft and are excited to learn from each other and the instructor in an intimate and supportive environment. Workshop participants will be selected based on the strength of their writing sample and personal statement. We are only accepting applications via Submittable.

Rachel Lyon's first novel Self-Portrait with Boy was a finalist for the Center for Fiction's 2018 First Novel Prize; her second, Fruit of the Dead, is forthcoming from Scribner in 2024. Rachel's short work has appeared most recently in One Story, The Rumpus, and Electric Literature. An editor emerita of Epiphany magazine, she has taught at Bennington College, the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, Catapult, and other institutions.

This workshop is open to fiction writers 21 years of age and older. The deadline to apply for the workshop is Thursday, September 15th, at 11:59pm ET. There is a non-refundable $10 application fee. Detailed application guidelines follow in this application. 


For more information on the workshop and what it entails, please visit our website.

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