The Depth and Breadth of the Short Story with Dana Meachen Rau

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February 11, 2021 • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Join author Dana Meachen Rau for a six-week writing course! Each session runs on Zoom from 4:30 to 6:00pm EST every Thursday, February 11 through March 18.

Registration is $150 and grants you access to all 6 sessions. This course is limited to 10 students.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link in advance of the first class.


This six-week writing course is offered in conjunction with the Page to Stage Short Story Writing contest co-sponsored by The Bushnell and The Mark Twain House & Museum.

A short story is not just a “short story.” It’s the distillation of character, setting, conflict, plot, and theme into a handful of pages, all with emotion at the core. Learn and practice your skills in focusing in on detail while also echoing a larger context to leave a lasting impression on a reader. The class will include assigned readings of mentor texts, creative exercises, and workshopping each other’s texts. As George Saunders said, “When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.” Same is true of writing one, and we’ll explore that together.

Dana Meachen Rau has written more than 300 books for children over her 25-year career as an author, artist, and editor. She received her BA in Creative Writing and Art History from Trinity College, Hartford, her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont, and currently teaches writing and literature at the University of Hartford.




February 11, 2021
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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