Find the Spark: A Generative Short Story Workshop with Shannon Perri


One Day Fiction Workshop — 15 students

Time & Date:
Saturday, February 15th, 2:00 — 5:00 pm

Austin Bat Cave
1210 Rosewood Ave. (map)

Member Price: $26.25*

A limited number of spots in each workshop are reserved for a special scholarship rate. Apply for a scholarship here, and for more information on payment plans, please email emily@austinbatcave.org.

For many writers, the greatest challenge is overcoming the blank page. It can be hard to discover new ideas, and even harder to figure out how to shape them into a story. Further, every time we follow an inspiration, we risk that it could lead us nowhere, as our inner-critic reminds us again and again. And yet, the one sure way to never find a story is to chase nothing at all.

In this generative one-day workshop, we’ll lean into the possibility that comes with taking creative risks. As writer Aimee Bender says, “free association leads the way to emotional revelation.” In the first half of class, we’ll move through exercises aimed at mining ourselves and the world around us for inspiration. We’ll spend the second half of class discussing how to take any initial sparks—maybe a voice, a setting, or an image— and give them enough friction to power a story.

Though this class is geared toward writers of short fiction, writers of all genres are welcomed. Participants will leave the class with at least one solid project idea and strategies to complete a first draft. Writers looking to workshop their completed drafts should consider registering for Stories that Sing, an 8-week short fiction workshop beginning in March.

*applies to Literary Superstar Membership Level only

This class is open to writers at all levels.

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About the Instructor:

Shannon Perri holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas. Her writing has appeared in various newspapers and literary magazines, such as Houston Chronicle, The Austin-American Statesman, and fields magazine. Her short story, “Liquid Gold,” was a finalist for the 2019 Texas Observer Short Fiction contest; her story, “The Resurrection Act,” was awarded a 2016 Joyland Magazine Publisher’s Pick; and her story, “Orientation,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. An earlier draft of her novel-in-progress was selected as a finalist for the Writer’s League of Texas 2018 fiction manuscript contest. When not writing or reading, Shannon is usually teaching. She’s taught writing for Texas State University, the Travis County jail, the Library Foundation, and private workshops. When not writing, reading, or teaching, she’s likely spending time with her husband, new son, and menagerie of pets.

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