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2018-02/08 The Craft of Short Stories with Cornelia Feye

Date: First class is Thursday, February 8, 2018 Time: 3pm to 5pm Number of sessions: 6--Thursdays, Feb 8, 15, 22, Mar 1, 8, 15 Members: $180 Nonmembers: $216 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106


“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” George Orwell, 1984

With the help of famous first sentences and other writing prompts participants will develop a complete short story during this six week class. We will read a story by Ernest Hemingway to analyze its structure. In a comfortable, supportive environment we will practice plotting, point of view, and creating a story arch including conflict, climax, and resolution. Through reading critiques we will practice character development, dialogue, the theory of omission, how to “show, not tell,” and how to create tension, suspense and surprise. Participants can use the writing prompts provided, or work on their own stories.

Cornelia Feye is the founder of Konstellation Press, an indie publishing company creating non-commercial books and interdisciplinary events at the intersection of art, music and literature.

She received her M.A. in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Tübingen, Germany. After five years in New York, she moved to San Diego, where she taught Eastern and Western Art History at several colleges. Her museum experience includes the Mingei International, the San Diego Museum of Arts, the Museum of Man, and the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. From 2007 to 2017 she was the School of the Arts and Arts Education Director at the Athenaeum, Music & Arts Library in La Jolla. In 2011 she published her novel, “Spring of Tears,” an art mystery set in France, and it won the San Diego Book Award for the mystery category. Publications include art historical essays and reviews in English and German. Her second mystery “House of the Fox” is set in Anza Borrego desert and San Diego. “Private Universe,” her third novel, is a coming-of-age story and art mystery, and was released in 2017. She lives in Ocean Beach with her family, and when she is not writing or teaching, she enjoys rollerblading and dancing tango.; facebook: Konstellationpress

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