POLISHING & SUBMITTING SHORT STORIES A Fiction Workshop with Jason Brown

Instructor: Jason Brown
Date & Time: 
Saturday, February 1 | 10:30 AM to 4:30 AM
USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Maximum Attendees:
Member: $70 | Nonmember: $125
Registration Closes: January 23

How does a writer know when their story is finished? There is no single easy answer to this question, but there are productive ways of approaching it.

In this workshop, attendees will learn techniques for the final polishing of short fiction, and will participate in flash workshops of the first 3 pages of each attendee’s story. The class will also discuss the process of submitting individual stories to magazines and journals and submitting collections of stories to independent presses.

Attendees will receive a packet of readings in advance of the workshop, and will receive written feedback from the instructor on their story.

+ SUBMIT After registering, participants are asked to submit a full story of up to 6500-words by no later than 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 23. Please take the deadline and word limit seriously as MWPA likely cannot accept late submissions and excess words will be cut. Please note that the first 3 pages of the story will be distributed in advance via email to the other workshop participants. Please email the manuscript to perry@mainewriters.org with the subject line: “BROWN WORKSHOP MSS.” Please use standard formatting (1” margins, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman) and submit Word docs or PDFs only.

Jason Brown is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Oregon. He earned his MFA from Cornell University, and he was a Stegner Fellow and Truman Capote Fellow at Stanford University, where he taught as a Jones Lecturer. He has received fellowships from the Yaddo and Macdowell colonies and from the Saltonsall Foundation. He taught for many years in the MFA program at the University of Arizona and now teaches in the MFA program at the University of Oregon. He has published two books of short stories, Driving the Heart and Other Stories (Norton/Random House) and Why the Devil Chose New England For His Work (Grove Atlantic). His stories have won several awards and appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Missouri Review, Sewanee Review, Southern Review and other magazines and anthologies. Several of his stories have been performed as part of NPR’s Selected Shorts, and his collection Why The Devil Chose New England For His Work was chosen as a summer reading pick by National Public Radio. His third collection of stories, A Faithful But Melancholy Account of Several Barbarities Lately Committed, is out in December of 2019.