There are two rules you must follow to get your story onto the page. First you have to have desire to dive in and try things out, to make mistakes and discoveries along the way. And second, you have to keep your butt in the writing chair. In this workshop we will focus on characterization, action, ideas, setting and language, all in the service of creating unique and shining narratives that stay with our readers. We will dig into a few stories from John Cheever, George Saunders, ZZ Packer, Amy Bloom. We will do a bit of generative writing together. The bulk of our time will be spent discussing each others work in supportive and critical conversations. Whether you are working on short stories, your very first story, or have a longer project in mind, you'll get thoughtful responses to your work, you'll flex your story-telling muscles and you'll be encouraged to keep you butt in the chair.