Course Description

Explore your self-expression through the art of writing short stories. Short fiction has become hugely popular, from the standard short story to flash fiction. Whether you want to publish stories or just experiment with this fascinating genre, this workshop is for you. We’ll read and discuss a variety of short works for inspiration and explore the art and elements of writing short fiction. Through engaging assignments and in-class writing exercises, you’ll experience the many facets of the genre. Sharing your writing in our supportive workshop environment will help develop your skill and confidence. We’ll also explore options from building your portfolio to generating extra income as a short story writer. Bring your favorite notebook and writing instrument!


Ages 16+


"I want to tell you how much I enjoyed the Short Story Writing Workshop. I have never taken a writing class, much less an online class, so I was a bit apprehensive, not being sure that I would fit in. My fears were allayed in the first class when Laura's easy warmth came through and a structure for the class showed itself. I was afraid it would be all writing, but she presented a lot of material about aspects of writing like plot and character and setting that I had not really fully appreciated. I also loved the opening activity of discussing an assigned short story with her and the class. They were all different and gave me a lot to think about and way more knowledge about story construction. We also had writing exercises and opportunities to use the short story each of us was working on in learning more about the necessities of short story writing such as conflict. Laura also facilitated our working with the other students in the class. I learned not to be so afraid of sharing my work with others. In short, I got a lot out of this class and want to pursue my fledgling efforts in writing fiction. Thank you, Laura!" K. M.

"This class offered  well-paced guidance through the structure, content, and style of short stories. Using models both classic and modern, we explored how authors created their stories and then attempted to emulate parts of this in our own writing. As someone who had been away from writing for a while, this class was a joy! Laura’s insightful expertise and sound direction were always delivered with kindness and good humor. I wish the class had lasted much longer." R. P.

"This class encouraged and instructed my writing in new ways. It added commitment, discipline, and improved techniques, all of which brought new levels of excitement into my writing practice. Thank you Professor Ehrke!" E. B.

"I enjoyed the classes very much, thank you for introducing me to a whole new world. I plan to take other writing classes in coming semesters and hope to learn from you again." N. P.

"I’ve taken two writing classes (Short Story Writing Workshop) and Write a Novel in 30 Days Workshop) with Laura Ehrke, and enjoyed them both. Her exercises and supporting material are helpful and informative. She is a caring instructor, and her classes are just plain fun." P. G.

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