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Tall Tales: The Art of the Short Story (Learn More)

  • Saturday, May 04, 2024
  • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • The Mizell Center, 480 S Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262


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Announcing our next In-Person Workshop

Tall Tales: The Art of the Short Story
Noel Alumit

About Noel Alumit

Noel Alumit is a multidisciplinary artist who wrote the novels Talking to the Moon and Letters to Montgomery Clift. He won the Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association and the James Duggins Mid-Career Prize. He was named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100” and was a California State Commissioner on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. His new book, Music Heard in WiFi & Other Stories was released this year by Rebel Satori Press and will be available for sale at the event.

Description of talk:

Whether you write novels, memoirs, or short stories, you don’t want to miss this one! Short stories do everything longer stories do, but backward and in high heels! They have to establish character quickly, often in just a few words or sentences. Plot is also condensed in short stories and, because of its small scope, it is often easier to see and understand how plot is working in a short story than in a longer work. Short stories often contain some kind of revelation or significant turning point in a character’s thought and/or action. This moment of realization is a major, defining attribute of the short story genre. Tradition and innovation meet in this unique workshop.

Five things you'll learn:

  • To identify or create demographic factors (age, gender, race, class, etc.).
  • To define what an epiphany is and how it works in literature.
  • The purpose of secondary characters in relation to the protagonist(s).
  • To use material details to focus on the immaterial, such as a character’s emotions.
  • To your cultural background, even if you don’t find it very exotic, for inspiration and innovation.


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Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. 

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Event Contact: Eduardo Santiago