Class: Wrangling Short Stories

Class is full – waitlist only

Instructor: John Wiswell

CLASS IS FULL; WAITLIST ONLY.

Next class date: Saturday, June 4, 1:00-3:00 PM Pacific Time.

Great short stories tightly interlink every element of themselves to draw the audience in and give them a rich experience in just a few pages. How do you get an imaginative story to work in such little space? And what story structures work best in the short form for Fantasy and Science Fiction readers? Award-winning author John Wiswell wants to help.
Participants will learn: 1) How to identify the kinds of stories you’re most attracted to writing, even if they differ from what you love to read. 2) The major categories of most professionally published SFF short stories, and the structures that tend to make those themes easier to write. How to build a short story out of a Premise, Point Of View, and Ending, how those three elements rely on each other, and how to find one of them if you’re missing it (no matter which one you’re missing).


Classes are taught online and require a reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane; a webcam is suggested but not required.

Cost is $99 ($79 for Patreon supporters and former students, which includes classes/workshops with me in other venues, such as conference or convention workshops and mentoring sessions).

To register for this class, send an email with the following details:

  • Which class or classes and the dates you are registering for.
  • Remind me if you support me on Patreon or have already taken a class with me so you can get the special rate.
  • Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, check, Venmo, or some other means.
  • If you’re a new student, please let me know how you found out about the classes!

You will be invoiced when the class slot is reserved.

Free scholarships: If you cannot afford a class but really want to take one, apply for a Plunkett Scholarship. Each class has three slots reserved for such students, and the sole criteria is only that you can’t currently afford the class. To apply for a Plunkett, which covers the entire cost, mail me and tell me why you want to take the class in 100 words or less. QUILTBAG and PoC candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The Plunkett Scholarships are named for Edward Plunkett, who wrote as Lord Dunsany. Scholarships are given out on a rolling basis; I suggest getting them in sooner rather than later. You may apply for multiple classes.

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