Short Story Workshop

For January and February we will be holding a short story workshop. Anyone can participate. If you weren’t able to attend last night’s meeting, the presentation is attached. You’ll find a presentation from member Christy with some great points about story elements.

We’ll start out our workshop by writing a short story. If you submit a short story for publication, the individual publication will specify how long stories should be. On average, publications will accept stories between 1500-5000 words. School appropriate means that both your word choice and content should be appropriate. Format is very important when submitting a manuscript. Different publications will have different formatting requirements, however a very standard format is Times New Roman, 12 pt font, double spaced. And don’t forget to take a look at Christy’s presentation. It’s got a lot of helpful tips and ideas about construction, characters, and more.

If you want to participate, the most important part is writing your story by January 19. You may not be able to participate in the rest of the workshop.

Your story should:
-be 1500-5000 words
-be school appropriate
-use Times New Roman, 12 pt font, double space

You have two options to write about:
Option 1: Write a short story based on two siblings. One is outgoing, and the other is shy. Sometimes they are inseparable, and sometimes great enemies.
Option2: There is no prompt! Write whatever you like, as long as it’s school appropriate.

Email your first drafts to me by January 19 at kemery at

If you have any questions about the workshop or while you’re writing, please let me know.


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