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Yvonne Nelson Perry

Crafting Short Stories

A focus on crafting short stories

Monday - Friday
1:00-3:30 PM
RM 177

Aristotle proclaimed all stories must have a beginning, middle and end. Test your story—be it a short-short or longer—in this intense workshop. Learn new techniques to strengthen your writing. People are reading short fiction; they often don’t have time for anything else. Find out where and how to place your short stories. Bottom line: master your craft.

Message to Students

Of my students I require open-mindedness to a critique of their work, and if it’s your first time attending SBWC, my advice is don’t try to do everything in one day. Pace yourself. Don’t be afraid to walk out of a workshop if it’s not your cup of tea.Talk to the workshop leaders; most want to talk to you, in the workshops or outside them. And, have fun.


Author/Teacher Yvonne Nelson Perry is the author of The Other Side of the Island, a short story collection set in a timeless Hawai’i and taken from a memoir. Over fifty stories of hers have been published in literary journals, magazines and anthologies, many receiving awards. Often sent into California schools as “a living writer” to promote the art of writing, Perry continues to teach at conferences and in private workshops. San Diego Writers/Editors Guild recently honored her with their ODIN, an award for outstanding work in the writing community. An editor for hire, Perry has been a workshop leader at SBWC for twenty years.

Writing Tip I Live By

Hook with curiosity, hold with suspense. And, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.

Recommended Authors

Flannery O’Connor, Yukio Mishima.