Sat, Jun 25|
Creating Short Stories
Time & Location
Jun 25, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PDT
About the Event
From oral histories to Facebook posts, stories are what define us, yet, storytelling often presents as, “I have a great idea for a story, but I don’t know where to start.”
If you find yourself facing that 'where do I begin' dilemma, this workshop, lead by acclaimed writer, Genni Gunn, is just what you've been seeking to get you started toward moving your awesome ideas toward well-crafted story concepts.
Designed to help you take an idea and learn how to express and compress it into a vivid short story, participants will explore the basic elements of fiction including setting, characters, plot, and theme. Writing techniques, such as creating a good beginning, choosing a verb tense, dialogue, pacing, and maintaining conflict wil also be covered. Brief examples of these elements will be presented and examined, then participants will be encouraged to experiment through exercises leading toward formulating a short story. There will also be an opportunity to share some of this writing with other participants.
About Genni Gunn
Genni Gunn is an author, musician and translator. She has published thirteen books: three novels – Solitaria (translated into Italian and Dutch), Tracing Iris (translated into Italian; and made into a film, The Riverbank), and Thrice Upon a Time (finalist for the Commonwealth Prize); three short story collections – Permanent Tourists, Hungers and On the Road; three poetry collections—the recent Accidents, Faceless, and Mating in Captivity — and a collection of personal essays, TRACKS: Journeys in Time and Place. As well, she has translated from Italian three collections of poems by two renowned Italian authors: Devour Me Too and Traveling in the Gait of a Fox by Dacia Maraini, and Text Me by Corrado Calabrò. Gunn’s books have been translated into Italian and Dutch, and her opera libretto, Alternate Visions, was produced by Chants Libres (music by John Oliver).
Her books have been finalists for The Commonwealth Writers' Prize for novel Thrice Upon a Time, The Gerald Lampert Poetry Award for Mating in Captivity, The John Glassco Translation Prize for Devour Me Too, The Premio Internazionale Diego Valeri for Literary Translation for Traveling in the Gait of a Fox, The Giller Prize for her novel Solitaria., and the ReLit Award for Permanent Tourists. Her travel essay “Birth Stones” about Matera is nominated for Best American Travel Writing 2021. She lives in Vancouver, and is at work on a new novel set in Italy.
Creating Short Stories