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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 G.K. Chesterson, Agatha Christie, Mark Twain, Willa Cather, O. Henry, Sarah Orne Jewett, Edgar Allan Poe, Kate Chopin, P.G. Wodehouse, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

On Wednesdays, 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.

Wednesdays, June 29 – August 10, 2022 (no class on July 13)

Student Cohort: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Central
Adult Cohort: 3:00 to 4:30p.m. Central

Cost: $79

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 course content is the same for either cohort, but 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

PDF collection of stories (included with the class) 

One or two short stories per week (see reading schedule to the right)

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 Plan

June 29:
Agatha Christie, “The Adventure of ‘The Western Star’”
G.K. Chesterton, “The Blue Cross”

July 6:
Mark Twain, “The Million-Pound Banknote”
Edgar Allan Poe, A Selected Story

July 13:

July 20:
Sarah Orne Jewett, “A White Heron”
Willa Cather, “The Sentimentality of William Tavener”

July 27:
Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour”
O. Henry, “A Retrieved Reformation”

August 3:
F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

August 10:
P.G. Wodehouse, “Jeeves Takes Charge”

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About the Instructor

Jonathan Rogers is the author of The Wilderking Trilogy, The Charlatan’s Boy, The Terrible Speed of Mercy, 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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