The Art of The Story

With Tom Jenks

Four-Day Intensive Workshop
for Short Story Writers, Novelists,
and Authors of Creative Nonfiction

The class will meet every day for four days, with a morning workshop and an afternoon seminar focused on craft. For the seminar, there will be reading assignments and study of works by well-known writers. Each participant will have one manuscript workshopped in class and a second manuscript reviewed for an individual conference with Tom. We will study storytelling and the formal elements of fiction, including voice, point of view, characterization, imagery, plot, and theme. Attention will also be given to scene building, sentence making, and the dramatic movement of descriptive writing.

Enrollment is limited. Acceptance into the class will be based on evaluation of a submitted manuscript. Classes tend to fill prior to the application deadline, so early application is advised.

Virtual, remote classes for 2021          TBA


To apply or to receive more information:

  • Please send an email to Workshops.

    Lynn Ahrens
    Rick Bass
    Richard Bausch
    Ann Beattie
    T. Coraghessen Boyle
    Janet Burroway
    Robert Olen Butler
    Michael Chabon
    Frank Conroy
    Hal Crowther
    Don DeLillo
    E. L. Doctorow
    Andre Dubus
    Stuart Dybek
    Jennifer Egan
    Gail Godwin
    Donald Hall
    Saidiya Hartman
    Jim Harrison
    Charles Johnson
    R. O. Kwon
    Krys Lee
    Min Jin Lee
    Bernard Malamud
    Anthony Marra
    Peter Matthiessen
    Jill McCorkle
    Arthur Miller
    Susan Minot
    Lorrie Moore
    Alice Munro
    Maud Newton
    Viet Thanh Nguyen
    Joyce Carol Oates
    Jayne Anne Phillips
    Hannah Pittard
    Annie Proulx
    Kirstin Valdez Quade
    Philip Roth
    Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    James Salter
    Scott Spencer
    Robert Stone
    John Updike
    Katherine Vaz
    Kurt Vonnegut
    John Edgar Wideman
    Spencer Wise
    Tom Wolfe
    Tobias Wolff
    Richard Yates

  • Comments from writers who have worked with Tom
  • A Brief Handbook of Revision for Writers
  • A Poetics of Fiction: Six Chapters on the Art of Imaginative Prose
  • Some Video of The Art of the Story Workshop