PWU271 The Art of Writing the Novella and the Short Story

  • 27 Jun 2016
  • 9:00 AM
  • 01 Jul 2016
  • 1:00 PM
  • Left bank, Paris
  • 12


  • Registration before March 31, 2016
  • Registration after 31 March, 2016

Registration is closed
Monday, 27 June - Friday, 1 July 2016
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Nahid Rachlin

Whether you're a beginner or an advanced writer, the challenge in this course will be to hone your skills for writing a novella and/or short story, from brainstorming to writing to editing.  This will be done through discussions of character, voice, point of view, structure and other craft elements.  We will comment on the pieces you hand in as well as on in-class writing exercises.

We will study two published short stories, one by William Trevor and another by Alice Munro.  We will recall the great novellas like Breakfast at Tiffany's, the Old Man and the Sea, Of Mice and Men and The Third Man.  The aim is to get your story to the point that it is as good as it can be.

Requirements: Submit a 10-20 page draft of your work by Friday, 31 May 2016. See the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of the Paris Writers' Workshop website for more details.

This course is a part of Paris Writers' Workshop, a week-long program that includes a mandatory Registration Reception on Sunday, 26 June 2016.  For more information about the program, please visit
Agent Consultation: Your registration automatically entitles you to a one-on-one consultation with your workshop faculty member.  However, if you wish to have a one-on-one consultation with a literary agent, please register for that separately (PWU301 Literary Agent Consultation).  Agent consultations are 60 euros for PWW participants.

Literary Dinner: If you would like to attend the literary dinner, please register for that separately as well (PWL012 Literary Dinner). Dinner rates for PWW participants and their guests are 50 euros per person.

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