Writing the Short Story: Five Essential Steps

Saturday, Nov 4, 2017

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Writing the Short Story: Five Essential Steps

Writing a short story is different from writing a novel. Obviously, length is a factor, but what other elements distinguish short fiction? Workshop participants will take a close look at five criteria required of a short piece. Concrete tips for improvement, short writing categories, and techniques for successful submission conclude the workshop. Participants will complete in-class original exercises as well as deconstructing well-known examples of short work.

About the instructor
Nancy Hartney writes about the Deep South. Her roots dig into the sweat-soaked hardscrabble farms out of which spring her slice of life tales. Her eccentric characters struggle with living, grasp for understanding and do the best they know how.

Her second book, If the Creek Don’t Rise: Tales from the South follows her award winning debut collection, Washed in the Water: Tales from the South, both from Pen-L Publishing.

She writes non-fiction for The Chronicle of the Horse, Sidelines, Horsemen’s Roundup, DoSouth, and other publications. Her short stories have appeared in Big Muddy: Journal of the Mississippi Valley, Seven Hills Review, and various regional anthologies. She has penned western tales for Cactus Country, Best of Frontier Tales, and Rough Country. The website is

Event Location

Center for Nonprofits
1200 W. Walnut St.
Rogers, AR 72756

Event Fees:

Cost Per Person $ 25.00

Registration is closed for this event.

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