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2 Day Fiction Workshop: The Art of Endings

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CourseGraphic You've written an entire story---except for the ending. You've deleted and rewritten the last paragraph, the last page, or the last ten pages and it has become a veritable torment. You can not, for the life of you, figure out why your endings are so unsatisfying, or why, at times, they feel more like beginnings. On occasion, the opposite happens: the ending leaps out, but you can't write the story that gets you there! Maddening. In this craft workshop, we will discuss how short stories guide their readers toward that final line, as well as the key differences between a compelling and a flat end. We will read the works of Chekhov, Shirley Jackson, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Amie Barrodale, and others to extract some key elements of end-making. Our understandings of the readings will be bolstered with generative writing prompts that encourage the integration of the techniques we discover. We'll also spend moments discussing what endings -- in any creative genre -- inspire us, and why. As a result, you will leave this craft class with a renewed understanding of how to write your stories through to the end.

June 5th & June 12th, 2023

Mondays, 6:00pm to 8:00pm EST
on Zoom 

"Akhir...compels the class to think in a new and revolutionary way—who finds the way that has not been found or defined or attempted, and brings it to fruition."

"Akhir values language as a means for insight, transformation, and an examination of selfhood; I believe Akhir models this belief for students such that they can think about it in the same way. "

Class Details

2 Session(s)
Weekly - Mon

NA - Online

Akhir Stewart 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
6/5/2023 - 6/12/2023 Weekly - Mon 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM N/A - Online Akhir Stewart