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Writing the Short Story
July 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$139
4 Wednesdays, July 24 – August 14
If you have a short story you’ve been wrestling with for a year, this class will help you bring it home. If you have an idea you’ve been itching to turn into a short story but don’t know where to begin, this class will get you started. If you’ve never written a short story in your life, this class will open the door. We will discuss the basic elements of story: plot, character, dialog, narration, scene, structure, and voice. We will read published work, as well as each other’s. Each class will provide an opportunity for new, generative writing through exploratory prompts and skills exercises related to the shared reading, followed by targeted discussions of our own work.
Matt Kotula lives in Rochester and writes poetry and fiction. He received his MFA from Rutgers University. He is an adjunct instructor at SUNY Brockport, where he teaches writing and aesthetics; and Genesee Community College, where he teaches composition. In addition, he regularly contributes freelance writing to a number of local print and online publications on topics such as music and craft beer. With a group of fellow students he co-founded and co-edited n.a.m.e., the official undergraduate lit magazine of SUNY Buffalo. He has worked with many talented writers such as Tracy K. Smith, Lauren Grodstein, and Paul Lisicky. His short story “The Lantern” was published in The Adirondack Review. His poetry manuscript won the 2010 Friends of the UB Libraries Poetry Prize.