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Character Motivations: Writing the Short Story with Kate Milliken (Sold Out)


6 Sessions

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Once a week Thursdays, 7:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT April 15 to May 20, 2021

Online via Zoom

This workshop has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email Thierry Kehou at

The beating heart of every great story is a unique and complicated character. In this generative workshop, we will read like writers, isolating the character traits that make beloved stories come alive, discuss the creative process, and identify the necessary elements for a complete short story. Through in-class and at-home writing exercises, we will give voice to the kind of characters that move us and help us see our way to complete a draft of a brand new story. You will leave the course with a deeper understanding of what makes a propulsive and deeply felt narrative as well as how to wield the tools of craft to refine your new draft.

Levels: Introductory, Intermediate
Capacity: 12

This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.


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    Kate Milliken

    Kate Milliken

    Kate Milliken is the author of If I’d Known You Were Coming, winner of the 2013 Iowa Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Kept Animals, which was longlisted for The Center for Fiction 2020 First Novel Prize. The recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Tin House, and Yaddo, Kate holds an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars.