I’ve always been a firm believer that to be the best writer you can, you need to do three things: put in hours writing, read widely and voraciously, and reach out to other writers to share your work and your thoughts on craft.
I’ve spent my entire adult life aiming to do these things as often as possible. But like most people, I have to pay my bills, and so the writer’s life becomes a juggling act.
When I was a bartender, I had plenty of time to write and read but I had almost no interaction with other writers. When I was a college English teacher, I was surrounded by other writers and had ample time to write, but I had almost no time to read anything other than student papers. And when I was the associate editor of Granta, I had the amazing experience of reading and editing some of the finest writers working today—but I had almost no time to write.
Throughout all that, I never gave up the ghost (so to speak). I never completely stopped doing the three things crucial to writers. And now, having just completed my next collection of short stories, and having just edited a story by Ann Beattie for an upcoming issue of One Story, I find myself eager as ever to share ideas on the craft of writing fiction.
I’m writing to ask you to take some time out of your busy life, and join me for a weeklong online class devoted to the craft of writing. The class is called The Seven Keys to Unlocking Your Short Story. In it you’ll get daily lectures on the seven crucial elements of short story writing containing practical, down-to-Earth advice.
I promise you: you’ll come out the other side of it feeling energized, inspired, more confident, and more knowledgeable about fiction writing.
If you have a story you’re working on, if you’re ready to start something new, or even if you’d like to try your hand at writing a short story for the first time, this class will help you.
The class will start on November 8. You’ll have access to lectures, daily writing prompts, and a message board of other writers with whom you can share ideas and work. You can complete the work on your own schedule — be it first thing in the morning, after work, or just before bedtime.
To find out more, go here.
Deadline to sign up is November 8th.
I hope you’ll join us!