Next Meeting: June 21, 2015
The Long and the Short of It - The Art and Commerce of Short Fiction
Short stories offer a vision of life that is distilled and essential. Shawn Syms, a short-fiction author and critic, will discuss what differentiates the best short stories. He'll also offer personal insights on how to strategically manage your publication-seeking efforts - and increase the likelihood that the right editor at the right publication will see your most well-suited story at the right moment.
Optional Workshop: "From Inspiration to Distillation"
In short fiction, every word counts. In this workshop, Shawn will explore the opposing personae that one must inhabit in order to successfully compose short stories - the Dreamer, and the Butcher.
Shawn Syms has written for over 25 years for more than 50 publications. Shawn wrote the short-fiction collection Nothing Looks Familiar, aNational Post pick for the Top Books of 2014 recently seized by the Michigan Department of Corrections because it "may encourage criminal activity." Shawn is currently at work on a novel about the power of filthy lucre, fetishistic sex and compulsive gambling called Money Changes Everything.
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