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Writers Workshops


Course #2017-305
Thursdays Starting September 7 6:00 pm–9:00 pm running 8 weeks
Cost: $325 Instructor: Matthew Krajniak
This workshop is full


Writers In The Schools–workshop space
1519 West Main
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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Over this eight-week course, writers will develop their skills and understanding relating to both the mechanics and aesthetics of the short story. That is, while it is obviously important to have a firm hold on the levers of effective technique, we will also prioritize the less objective parts of craft, the parts that you and only you can bring to the narrative and which subsequently make your work distinctly yours. The course’s overall aim is to help each writer become more confident in his or her decision-making with the idea that once a writer internalizes certain narrative tools, he or she will become more independent and self-sufficient as a writer. We’ll do this through in-class exercises, writer-centered workshops, and critical readings of stories by Breece D’J Pancake, Wells Tower, Alice Munro, and others, so that each class member gains a working knowledge of various ideas, techniques, and effects. By the end of the course, my sincere hope is for each writer to have a well-revised, possibly even complete, short story that can be used as a tool for future work and growth. In addition, we will also discuss the submission process, literary journals, cover letters, publication, and anything else the class feels will be helpful to their work. One of my favorite writing maxims is that good writing captivates, while great writing fascinates. My goal is to have this course help you to get to these places.


About the instructor

MATTHEW KRAJNIAK earned his MFA (fiction) from The University of Memphis, and is currently a PhD candidate at the UH Creative Writing Program, where he is an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellow. He has work forthcoming or in Gulf Coast, Origins Journal, The Wax Paper, The Avalon Literary Review, and other publications. He is working on his first novel.

By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration policies. Remember to sign up for the waiting list if the workshop you would like to take is full. To see the full Fall 2017 workshop schedule click here.