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Writing Series: Introduction to Short Stories

Short stories are a well-loved and popular form of fiction.  When you take this workshop you will learn how to write short stories that will delight and entertain your readers.  By the end of this workshop, you'll improve your creative writing skills and have the blueprints for your very own short story.  

Jason Campbell

The Instructor


Jason Campbell has extensive experience as a professional writer and artist. As a decorated College English Instructor he has taught numerous students the academic art of writing through forms such as the essay and effective business writing.  


Outside of the classroom, Jason is a published poet and writer who’s performed poetry across Canada. He has written three screenplays, is the C.I.O. for the television show Highways to Fairways, now in it’s second season, and also wrote and directed the short film Smoke. Jason is deeply passionate about the arts and wishes to share his skills and experiences with like minded individuals. 

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SCHEDULE: Introduction to Short Stories


0:00 – 0:15 - Welcome


0:15  – 0:30 - Lesson 1: The Short Story as a Form/The Rough Draft


0:30 – 1:00 - Activity 1: To Build a Fire by Jack London


1:00 – 1:15 - Assignment 1: Develop a topic, theme for your short story


1:15  – 1:30 - Break


1:30 –  1:45 - Lesson 2: The Beginning, the Middle and the End


1:45 – 2:00 - Activity 2: The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe


2:00 – 2:15 - Assignment 2: Flush out your Outline (Beginning to End)


2:15 – 2:30 - Lesson 3: Revision


2:30 – 2:45 - Activity 3: The Gift of the Maji By O. Henry


2:45 – 3:00 - Assignment 3: Write the first paragraph of your short story




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