Events - Workshops - OTF_JPS - The Long & the Short of It: A Short Story Workshop - Teen/Adult

Join Amazon International Bestselling Author, Judy Penz-Sheluk for an afternoon of short story creation techniques.

Upon registration, students will be given a short story written by Judy Penz Sheluk, which will be used in the second half of class as participants rework the story from their own point of view. Each revised story will be read out loud and discussed with the rest of the class as a learning experience.

There will also be five in-class handouts: Overview/Short Story Basics, Learning from Rejection, Submission Tips, Finding a Market, and Critiquing Guidelines.

Location: Matthews House Hospice, 131 Wellington St E, Alliston

Workshop Schedule:

Part I
• Introduction/Meet the Class
• Reading is the best teacher
• Elements of a short story/structure
• Length: flash fiction vs. short story vs. novella
• Generating Ideas
• What’s in a name? Characters and Story Titles
• Preparing an Outline
• Point of View


Part II
• Critiquing guidelines
• Read the short story 'Plan D' (short story will be given to all registered participants in advance of the class) and discuss briefly.
• Each participant will then have 20 minutes to rewrite a portion of this story in a different point of view OR if in the same POV, manipulating the plot/story for a different outcome. Each of these will be read out loud to the rest of class, and discussed as a learning experience.
• Final Q&A (as time permits)

*The short story used in class is one of many from the anthology: The Best Laid Plans. This book is available for purchase at the SSAC and will be available on location at the date of this class as well. Book price is: $16

How do I register?
When registering for this program you have a choice of what to pay.
If you are able to pay full or half price simply choose those price points and register yourself or a child. If you would rather "Pay What you Can" simply choose that option and continue with the registration process. When you attend the class you will have the opportunity to put your contribution towards the class in our "Pay what you can Can".

What is "Pay What you can"?
These Arts4All Workshops are generously supported by grant funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation and community donors. This grant allows us to offer professionally taught classes at no-cost, low-cost, and subsidized rates with the intent to remove the barriers that hinder our community from participating in the arts. "Pay What You Can" classes allow participants to register online and pay what they can on site (via cash or cheque) in our donation jar. All funds received for registration will go back into our #BreakTheBarriersInitiative helping us provide ongoing programming to our community.

If you have questions about financial or travel assistance for these programs through the SSAC please contact


Full Price: $40.00 CAD
Half Price: $20.00 CAD
Hold My Spot 'Pay What You Can' On-site: $0.00 CAD


Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Judy Penz-Sheluk

Judy Penz-Sheluk

Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (The Hanged Man’s Noose; A Hole in One) and The Marketville Mysteries (Skeletons in the Attic; Past & Present; and A Fool’s Journey)...

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