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Critique Add-on for Master the Short Story

Get valuable feedback on your fiction

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Are you ready to grow as a writer? This critique add-on to is the next step in reaching your writing goals. We may write alone, but we don't write in a void. Ultimately, we want our work to find an audience. When you enroll in this course, you'll receive valuable feedback on your writing from the instructor.

Who can enroll in this class? Anyone who is enrolled in the fiction writing course Master the Short Story.

What is the purpose of this class? Students in this class will receive instructor feedback on eight assignments they complete for Master the Short Story OR feedback on a completed short story of up to 7,000 words at the end of the course.

Why is this an add-on? Master the Short Story is designed to introduce students to the basic building blocks of narrative craft in a comprehensive, practical way. Students practice what they learn in the lectures by completing weekly assignments. The class is priced to allow beginning writers to build a background in narrative craft, even if they're not yet ready to share their work. This add-on is an opportunity for those students who are interested in further growth in their writing life to receive one-on-one feedback from a veteran writing teacher.

What can students submit for critique?

If you choose to submit assignments: You may submit one assignment per module. You may submit them as a complete packet, or submit them at your own pace as you move through the course.

If you choose to submit a completed short story: Some students prefer not to submit assignments for critique and to wait until the end of the course to submit a short story of up to 7,000 words for critique. This is highly recommended if your goal in this course is to submit a story to literary magazines! When I see a complete short story, I get a better sense of your work as a whole and can help you shape the story into a finished piece.

You may submit both assignments and a final short story by choosing the appropriate option at check-out.

Do I have to submit the assignments in a particular order? The assignments are numbered: Assignment 1, Assignment 2, etc. and submitting them in order is a good way to build upon what you've learned. However, you may submit them in any order you wish! You are also welcome to submit them as a bundle at any point in the course.

How should I format the assignments? Please submit your assignments as a WORD doc attached to email. Please use standard manuscript format: double spaced, in a font of 12 points or larger.

How long does it take to receive feedback? You will usually receive feedback on assignments within three business days and feedback on your final short story within seven business days.

How do I submit my work? As soon as you enroll, you will have access to the WELCOME section, which explains everything in detail.

Your Instructor

Michelle Richmond
Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels and two award-winning story collections. Her books have been published in 30 languages. She has taught in the Masters of Fine Arts programs in creative writing at the University of San Francisco and California College of the Arts and has served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary's College of Moraga, Bowling Green State University, and Notre Dame de Namur University. She has also designed and taught novel writing courses online for Stanford Continuing Studies. She is the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press. Michelle has received the Truman Capote Prize, the Grace Paley Prize, the Hillsdale Award for Fiction, the Mississippi Review Fiction Prize, and the Palle Rosenkrantz Prize for the Best Foreign Crime novel published in Denmark. She lives and writes in Paris.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I submit for critique?
You can submit eight writing assignments for critique (one per week). Each assignment may be up to 1200 words.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts when you enroll and ends after you submit and receive feedback on your final assignment. You have six months from the date of enrollment to complete your assignments.
How long does it take to receive my critique?
In most cases, you will receive feedback within three days of submission.
Who is eligible to enroll in this course?
In order to enroll in this course, you must first be enrolled in Writing the Short Story.

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