Creating Exciting Short Stories

2:30pm-4:00pm Fridays     Ages 14-18

Join award-winning writer Teel James Glenn as he helps would-be and current writers explore the whys and whats of creating exciting, action-filled short stories by examining the classics by the masters -- and by writing and critiquing their own new masterpieces! The course will begin by reading and examining classics, with each story focusing on some aspect of the craft -- point-of-view, time, scene setting, motivation, engaging the senses, or painting clear, logical action scenes.

The students will then follow up by writing their own versions of some of the scenes in the classic tale and then creating their own short stories, reading their work out loud, and giving each other solid, positive feedback.

Stories by E. A. Poe, Richard Connell, Ambrose Bierce, Rudyard Kipling, James Thurber, A. Conan Doyle, Saki, O. Henry, R. E. Howard, Guy De Maupassant, and others will be read.

Teacher: T.J. Glenn

Teel James Glenn has traveled the world for forty years as a stuntman, fight choreographer, swordmaster, jouster, illustrator, storyteller, bodyguard, actor, and haunted house barker.

He is the author of the non-fiction “Them’s Fighin’ Words- a writer’s guide to writing fight scenes,” and dozens of other books.

He has had stories in over a hundred magazines from Weird Tales, Spinetingler, SciFan, Mad, Black Belt, Fantasy Tales, Sherlock Holmes Mystery to Crimson Streets, and others as well as tales in close to a hundred anthologies in many genres. He is also the winner of the 2012 Pulp Ark Award for Best Author.


Fall 2018: $325

Sept. 14th, 21st, 28th; Oct. 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th; Nov. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th; Dec. 7th, 14th (13 days)

(No Classes Nov. 23rd Day after Thanksgiving)


Winter 2019: $250

Jan. 11th, 18th, 25th; Feb. 1st, 8th, 15th; March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd (10 days)

(No Classes Feb. 22nd Winter Break)

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Spring 2019: $250

March 29th; April 5th, 12th; May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st; June 7th (9 days)

(No Classes April 19th, 26th Spring Break)