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Laura van den Berg

Deep Dive into Short Story Form and Execution

Laura van den Berg, photo by Paul Yoon
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In this workshop, we will focus on the art of the short story. Students will submit a short story to be workshopped in class, and there will be some advanced reading for discussions on technique. Through workshop critique, generating new material through creative experiments, and craft discussion, these sessions will help participants reach a deeper understanding of the short story as a form and open new doors in their own work.


  • This is an advanced workshop. Please submit a writing sample of one short story, up to twenty pages.
  • Please submit a cover letter that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any.
  • The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a deposit of $200 is required to register, with the balance due by September 30.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.


Laura van den Berg is the author of three story collections, most recently I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, and the novels Find Me and The Third Hotel, which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. She is the recipient of the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, a PEN/O. Henry Award, and she is a two-time finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Laura is a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on fiction at Harvard, and currently splits her time between Massachusetts and Florida.