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Short Story Summer Camp is a six-week exploration of short fiction—as both readers and writers—with author and teacher Jonathan Rogers. Each week we will read one or two short stories from writers including Chinua Achebe, Ray Bradbury, Anton Chekhov, O. Henry, Zora Neale Hurston, James Thurber, Dorothy Sayers, Eudora Welty, Oscar Wilde, and P.G. Wodehouse.

On Tuesdays, Jonathan Rogers will host a live* 90-minute lecture/discussion via Zoom, in which we will examine the particular methods and techniques employed in that week’s stories. 

Participants will apply these methods and techniques to their own writing, producing an original short story by the end of the class.

Topics to be covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Unity of time, place, and action
  • Voice
  • Setting
  • Description and Imagery
  • Point of View
  • Dialogue
  • Plot
  • Revealing information, withholding information

*Recordings of the lectures will also be available for learners who can’t attend the live lectures.

Tuesdays, June 20 – July 25, 2022 (except for the week of July 4, when class will be moved to Wednesday, July 5)

Student Cohort: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Central
Adult Cohort: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Central

Cost: $97

Intended Audience:
Adults, High Schoolers and Middle Schoolers

There are two “cohorts” of Short Story Summer Camp–one for adults (college-age and up), and one for high-school and middle-school students.

The two cohorts will attend separate lecture/discussions and participate in separate forums. Adults will be interacting with adults, and students will be interacting with students.

Please register for the appropriate cohort.

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Weekly Workload


online links will be provided


One or two short stories per week 

One 300-500-word writing exercise per week, culminating in a completed short story

One live 90-minute lecture/discussion via Zoom

Throughout the week, learners will discuss the reading, the lectures, and their writing exercises in a dedicated online forum.

Reading List

The Sacrificial Egg, Chinua Achebe

The Last Night of the World, Ray Bradbury

The Schoolmistress, Anton Chekhov

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Mammon & The Archer, O. Henry

John Redding Goes to Sea, Zora Neale Hurston

The Lottery, Shirley Jackson

The Image in the Mirror, Dorothy Sayers

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, James Thurber

A Worn Path, Eudora Welty

The Selfish Giant, Oscar Wilde

The Truth About George, P.G. Wodehouse

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About the Instructor

Jonathan Rogers is the author or the Wilderking Trilogy, The Charlatan’s BoyThe World According to Narnia, and other books. 

He hosts The Habit Membership, an online library of teaching resources and gathering place for writers. He also hosts The Habit Podcast and teaches and encourages thousands of writers every Tuesday through The Habit Weekly newsletter. 

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