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Short Story Workshop

Published on Thursday, April 28, 2011 by

Writing_Creative CommonsThis intensive, month-long workshop, devised to toss participants head first into the process of writing a short story (1k – 10/20k words), begins Wednesday 4th May at 5pm PST and continues every Wednesday until month’s end.

Each week we will tackle a different ingredient so participants learn how to construct a short story, much like baking a cake.

Areas Covered

  • the differences between a short story and novel (and the similarities)
  • the ingredients of a good story
  • beginning hooks
  • characterization
  • plot
  • character/story motivation
  • endings

Participants are encouraged to bring their short fiction ideas but they can also develop them during the first week.

The workshop is free of charge to members of Virtual Writers, Inc.

To participate please join Second Life® (which is also free to join) and click on the following link to be taken to our online writing camp. You can then join Virtual Writers, Inc. by searching for the group through the Second Life® search facility.


Rae Larkham

Throughout her writing career, Rae has written comic book and film related articles which have appeared in online publications such as Comic Stack, Suite101, CinemaGap and Dark Moon Rising.  Her manuscript, Hotel Sunset, won an Honorable Mention award in the 73rd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Under various pen names, she has written books, novellas and short stories that run the genre gamut of science fiction, fantasy, short romance noir and paranormal romance and many more waiting to drip onto the page.

As an avid reader and viewer of science fiction, romance and fantasy since she was young, Rae enjoys merging the genres to create an adventurous reading experience in her own work. Throughout her writing career, she has garnered credits writing movie reviews, fiction and articles on the comic book and film industry.

Currently she is writing the Ashen Twilight Trilogy, the Cimmerian Duology and a few standalone stories and books. She also leads a novel writing class in Second Life® and a short story workshop for both aspiring and veteran authors alike.

NB. Please note the workshop time is now 7pm PST and not 5pm.

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