Short Story Workshop in Los Angeles, CA

Study the Genre, Generate New Ideas

Short Story Workshop in Los Angeles, CA

Learn techniques like mining your own life experience, using your powers of observation and your rich memory storehouse to examine your own culture to generate short story ideas. Whether you want to write a single short story, or a series of interconnected stories, a short-story collection, or even a novella, this workshop will help you generate new ideas while you examine the classic short story.

Every meeting, we look at a classic short story together to appreciate and examine the craft, and then we will get started with a series of writing exercises geared toward the short story form, which we will share (optional!) and offer encouraging feedback. And finally, we will talk briefly about some current markets for individual short stories and set our intentions for how we will move forward and continue our work in this form.

This Short Story Workshop is a series of stand-alone workshops, so you get something different every time you attend, and you can come to a single session or come to all of them.

By the end of each workshop, you will have a notebook bursting with story ideas and the seeds of 1-3 short stories that you can expand on at home during your writing practice.

Above all, you will take home with you the understanding of how short stories have particular demands and esthetics just as novels and screenplays do. 

Who should attend? We encourage both experienced writers who want to go deeper into the world of the short story and sharpen their short story craft and beginning writers who want to get started in this exciting and challenging form.


Resa Alboher is one of the founding editors of St. Petersburg Review. She is also a Springhouse Journal editorial board member, a scout for the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, and a book coach/manuscript consultant. She’s a writer across genre whose publications include Roads & Kingdoms, Cosmonauts Avenue, Scapegoat Review, Black Heart Magazine, Rewire Me, Mango Salute, Have an NYC 2, Maintenant 5, and Radar Productions. She has books of fiction, essays, and poems in the works and a few screenplays hidden in the wings. She is a passionate, energetic, kind and patient writing teacher and a long time traveler with perpetual culture shock who lived twenty years in Russia where she worked with the legendary Summer Literary Seminars St. Petersburg and taught American Writing at the Humanities University in Moscow. She is in a kind of equivalent culture shock (but also a kind of cultural excitement) now that she’s living back here in her native Los Angeles after so many years wandering the globe and discovering the vibrancy of LA anew.

Skill Level: Anyone over the age of 18, both new and experienced writers
Class Size: Limited to 8 participants
Requirements: None
Location: In person in West Hollywood. Address TBA upon registration.
Important Terms & Conditions: This workshop qualifies you for the returning member discount.
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Date Location Time Leader Cost Seats Remaining  
All Four Workshops Get a reserved seat in workshops on 11/17/18, 12/01/18, 12/15/18, and 12/29/18 Resa Alboher $165

Saturday, Nov 17 In Person in West Hollywood, CA 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Resa Alboher $45 8

Saturday, Dec 01 In Person in West Hollywood, CA 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Resa Alboher $45 7

Saturday, Dec 15 In Person in West Hollywood, CA 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Resa Alboher $45 8

Saturday, Dec 29 In Person in West Hollywood, CA 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Resa Alboher $45 8

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Leaders subject to change without notice.
Save 15% on most workshops once you attend your first workshop where you will receive the returning member discount code.