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Time: 15:00 - 17:00

Date: 28 April, 2020

Cost: $100

Event Category: Workshops

Website: https://surplace.co/portfolio-posts/fundamentals-of-short-fiction/

Location: OnlineView map

Organizer: Sur Place Media, info@surplace.co, View Organizer Website

This interactive, four-session workshop will explore the fundamentals of writing short fiction. Two hours a week, we will explore a different element of style including: setting, character development, dialogue and description.

Each class will begin with a conversation about style, followed by a writing exercise addressing that day’s theme. Students will have an opportunity to share these exercises with the class. The prompts will be a fun way to exercise techniques discussed at the beginning of class and will hopefully spark ideas for future projects.

Students will be asked to submit a short piece of writing to the instructor prior to each class.

In the second half of each lesson, everyone will read aloud from their submitted work and receive in-depth feedback from the instructor and their peers.

Who Should Take This Workshop?

This workshop is open to all experience levels; it’s for anyone who’s interested in getting constructive feedback on works in progress, finding inspiration for new projects through short writing exercises, meeting fellow writers and hopefully making some friends.

Eva Crocker is a freelance writer based in Montreal, her short story collection Barrelling Forward was a finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Authors. The collection won the Canadian Authors’ Association Emerging Writer’s Award and the Alistair MacLeod Award for Short Fiction. Her non-fiction work has appeared in Maisonneuve Magazine, Border Crossings Magazine, Hamilton Review of Books, Visual Art News and Atlantic Books Today. Her debut novel All I Ask will be published by House of Anansi Press in June 2020.

Please Note

Live and participatory, these video conference workshops are limited to 4-8 participants, to ensure everyone gets the most out of each session. Participants are expected to attend all four weekly sessions.

Flexible Scheduling and Registration
Three possible schedules, to be confirmed:

Schedule A: Mondays, April 20, 27, May, 4, 11, from 7 – 9 pm
Schedule B: Fridays, April 24, May 1, 8, 15, from 11 am – 1 pm
Schedule C: Tuesdays, April 28, May 5, 12, 19, from 3 pm – 5 pm

Use the ticket link to pick your preferred schedule(s). Based on sign-ups we receive we’ll coordinate the workshop schedule and send you an invite (within 7 days). If you agree to join, then it’s booked and we’ll send an invoice for $100.


Since this workshop takes place online, participants will need to download Zoom for video conferencing and have access to a computer or phone. 1-on-1 support is available if you require assistance.

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Join Waitlist We will inform you of any newly available spots for this workshop via email. Please note: once you receive the notice of availability, you will have 48hrs to register —or 24hrs if the workshop begins in a week or less— before the spot is made available to the next person.
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