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WRITER’S WORKSHOP: "The Art of the Short Story" w/ USC Literary Professor Duff Brenna

  • Saturday, January 17, 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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The Art of the Short Story

Made to order...
Small capacity, intensive, interactive and useful.

presented by
USC Professor Emeritus of
 English Literature & Creative Writing  
Duff Brenna

Is your story worthy of publication? Interested in improving your chances for contest writing? 
Enjoy the creative art of short story writing?

This workshop is a great opportunity to fine tune your skills and help improve your success as a writer. Duff Brenna's experience as a professor, a writer and his artistic insight guarantees to make this a truly special workshop for attendees.

Duff Brenna is a freelance writer and Professor Emeritus of English literature and creative writing at California State University, San Marcos. 
Duff Brenna has taught writing for over thirty years and has is the editor of the magazine Serving House. why explore the art of short story writing?
  • Trending: in our fast-paced society there is a shift to fast easy reading.
  • Expand to new options for publication
  •  Income sourcing: many writing contests are open to you for awards or cash prizes.
  • Platform Growth: contest wins & publications strengthen your resume as a writer.
  • Freedom: avoid  getting “tied down” as in novel writing.

Here are a few items this workshop will cover:

• Understand and Avoid pitfalls:Read and analyze examples of quality writing and writing that needs improvement. 

• Learn by doing: Classroom practice, review, discussion

• Critical Elements of a Story: setting; character development, narrative voice, the story arc, plot and structure, dialogue, and word choice and description

Click on the link for a full outline of this workshop:

Duff Brenna Itinerary (1).pdf

More about this presenter:

In an interview conducted by Derek Alger, Brenna explains why the connections between art and literature and writing resonate so deeply for him:

I learned early on that the only thing I could believe in is art, in whatever form it might take. But especially in the form of great literature. Art is the way to go in past the barriers of custom and culture and a way to get control of your afflicted past. Art is very often a way to find meaning for the pain that all human beings suffer. Art is also a way to renew your spirit and connect to others. I try to create art every time I sit down to write.

Duff Brenna is the author of nine books, including The Book of Mamie, which won the AWP Award for Best Novel; The Holy Book of the Beard, named “an underground classic” by The New York Times; Too Cool, a New York Times Noteworthy Book; The Altar of the Body, given the Editors Prize Favorite Book of the Year Award (South Florida Sun-Sentinel) and a San Diego Writers Association Award for Best Novel 2002. 

He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award, Milwaukee Magazine’s Best Short Story of the Year Award, and a Pushcart Prize Honorable Mention. His book Minnesota Memoirs was awarded Best Short Story Collection at the 2013 Next Generation Indie Awards in New York City. His memoir, Murdering the Mom, was a Finalist for Best Non-Fiction at the same Independent Publishers Awards. Duff’s work has been translated into six languages

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  • Members: $55.00          
  • Non-Members: $65.00
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Contact person for this workshop:

Ed Lopatin, VP PSWG Programs


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