Short Story Crash Course
with Pete Hsu

10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Pacific)
May 19 to June 30, 2019
(with no class on May 26)

In this six-week online workshop, we will address the particular demands and delights of the short story. We will cover elements of fiction writing such as characterization, scene, voice, tense, dialogue, point of view, and creating stakes. We will discuss published fiction from a craft perspective and complete writing exercises designed to tackle specific short story techniques. Starting in week three, students will have the opportunity to workshop one short story (up to twenty pages) in a respectful and serious environment that prioritizes community, craft, and commitment to the practice of being a writer. This class is open to experienced writers and enthusiastic, serious beginners.

This class will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details closer to the date of the class.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$315 for new students; $285 for returning students

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Pete Hsu is a Los Angeles-based fiction writer. He was a 2017 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, the 2017 Artist in Residence for PEN In The Community, and has been nominated for several other awards in fiction, including the Pushcart Prize. Pete’s short stories have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Margins, Friction Magazine, and others. He is the fiction editor for Angels Flight * literary west and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from UCLA. For more, please visit