Short Fiction Up-Close: A Workshop
Bill Cheng
Short Fiction Up-Close: A Workshop

Six Sessions, 3 hours (6PM-9PM)
Tuesdays, April 3-May 8
Fees & Payment Options*: $325 General/$295 Member (JOIN THE FANCLUB!)
Registration Deadline: March 25

*There are discounted seats available for those with financial limitations. To inquire about the availability of these seats, please e-mail Tiffany at


Why You Should Take This Class:
I‘ve found find that good writing is about paying attention– not just in the details of the world, but in the care authors exercise in how they choose their words and the way they tell the thoughtfulness they place in building their stories.

Yes, creative acts can be spontaneous, driven by inspiration and intuition b. But without deliberateness and a clear idea sense of how your our choices affect your our readers, your writing risks you we risk losing its your our sense of connection with what brought you brings us to the page in the first place.

I think wWriting doesn’t ever truly exist inside a vacuum. It’s easy to forget that it’s not just us holed up inside our own heads, talking to ourselves. That we’re trying to talk to our past, to implore upon our future, to not only find a place for ourselves but to make a place for others.

That’s what this workshop aims to do– to help get us to pay attention to the ways we tell our stories; to show us that art is not separate from craft; and that the writer’s duty is not only to him/herself but the people in our lives we are so desperate to reach.

Class Description: This mid-level workshop focuses on the craft of the short story. Together, we’ll be looking closely at how these tightly-constructed narratives are built, focusing through the lenses of language, structure, and character development. In addition to reading and sharing your own work, you’ll also be responsible for out-of-class and in-class exercises, as well as various reading assignments where we’ll be studying the techniques other writers employ in their own work.

Bill Cheng is the author of Southern Cross the Dog, published by HarperCollins / Ecco in 2013, which was long listed for the PEN Open Book Award and the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. He is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship Grant in Literature, and was a graduate of Hunter College’s MFA Program. He lives in Brooklyn.

Short Fiction Up-Close: A Workshop

Bill Cheng
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
6:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W. 27th St., STE 600
New York New York 10001
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