Skip to Content

Summer Workshops for Young Writers

Introduction to Writing the Short Story with Elizabeth Wetmore


8 Sessions

In stock

Monday - Thursday 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT July 12 to July 22, 2021

Online via Zoom

Together, we will develop a sense of the short story’s possibilities, from its initial shadowy impulses to its shapelier, more polished outcomes. We also will hone our skills in craft elements such as characterization, tension, point of view, setting and place, voice, and narrative structure, which are integral to deeply resonant literature of all shapes and sizes.

This workshop takes a three-part approach:

  1. Active informal writing with exercises intended to trigger ideas and develop techniques, and sharing of that work with others in the group.
  2. Study and analysis of the elements of fiction in short stories by Bryan Washington, Stephanie Soileau, Tobias Wolff, David Means, Grace Paley, George Saunders, Lucia Berlin, Kelli Jo Ford, Kelly Link, Anton Chekhov, Jorge Luis Borges, and Octavia Butler.
  3. Studio workshop—the exchange and discussion of students’ original works of short fiction.

Designed for young writers, ages 13-18.
Capacity: 12

NOTE: Please include the following information about the student taking the course in the “Notes” field at checkout: student’s name, grade level, and email address.


Led by

  • IMG-5529 - Elizabeth Wetmore

    Elizabeth Wetmore

    Elizabeth Wetmore

    Before devoting herself to writing, Elizabeth variously tended bar, taught English, drove a cab, edited psychology dissertations, and painted silos and cooling towers at a petrochemical plant. For a time, she lived in a one-room cabin in the woods outside of Flagstaff, Arizona while she worked as a classical music announcer. A native of West Texas, she is most at home in the desert, near the sea, or on the side of a mountain. She lives in Chicago but dreams of being bicoastal (Lake Michigan and Lake Travis).

    She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Illinois Arts Council. Her debut novel, Valentine, was published in March 2020 and has since been published, or is forthcoming, in Spain, Italy, France, UK, Germany, South Korea, Israel, and Netherlands.