So you’ve written a story but feel like it can get better. Or maybe you’ve submitted a story multiple times and still haven’t found an audience. You’re not sure what to do, where to tighten, what to change, what to develop. Or perhaps you’re just too close to the content, to the characters and what they believe. You need some help. If any of this sounds familiar, this workshop is for you. In our two-hour discussion, we’ll work through three crucial strategies that make short fiction more vibrant, more intense, more engaging to readers. Participants should come with a completed story. Even though we’ll be online, we’ll share passages, insights, and questions. And we’ll work to get beyond the obstacles to strategic revision.

John Mauk taught college writing courses for twenty-four years. Over the course of his academic career, he developed several widely used textbooks, worked closely with teachers around the country, and was twice elected professor of the year. Along the way, he studied fiction, attended conferences, and learned whatever possible. In 2010, he won Michigan Writers Cooperative Press Chapbook contest in fiction and kept writing from there. His stories have appeared in journals such as Salamander, Arts and Letters, The Forge, New Millennium Writings, Main Street Rag, and The Dunes Review; his nonfiction in Rumpus,, Writer’s Digest, and various anthologies. He has two full-length story collections, Field Notes for the Earthbound and Where All Things Flatten, which publishes in April 2024. He has judged for national writing contests, consulted for publishers, and read for magazines. He currently hosts Prose from the Underground, a free video series for active writers.

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