Wordcrafters Spring Workshops

Wordcrafters at the Springfield Library

Fundamentals of the Short Story with Eliot Treichel

Monday, June 20, 5:30-7:30, FREE

Springfield Public Library, 225 N 5th St, Springfield

This class will examine the building blocks of short fiction–including language, dialogue, point-of-view, scene, and structure–and get you on your way to writing your own short story. The class will look at a variety of short stories to see what makes them tick, and students will develop their “reading like a writer” skills. In-class and take-home writing exercises will help students generate new material, while also providing tools with which to jump-start older work that may have stalled. While this class will focus on the short story, anyone working in prose (aspiring novelists, essay writers, etc.) should find something of value.

Eliot TreichelEliot Treichel is the author of the YA novel A Series of Small Maneuvers and the story collection Close Is Fine, which received the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award. His writing and photography have appeared in a variety of publications, including Canoe & Kayak, Narrative, Beloit Fiction Journal, CutBank, and Passages North. He’s been awarded a Fishtrap Writing Fellowship as well as residency fellowships at PLAYA. He thinks riding bikes uphill is fun, sandwiches are better with potato chips, and that no one should go to bed without a cookie. Recently, he stopped wearing black socks in favor of ones with more color. His favorite dance move is the moonwalk. He cannot parallel park. Originally from the Northern Wisconsin, he now lives in Oregon.