Richard Thomas - What Editors Look for in Short Fiction: Key Elements Paired with Your Unique Voice

  • January 11, 2018
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL


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Richard Thomas

What Editors Look For in Short Fiction: Key Elements Paired with Your Unique Voice

Author, editor and lecturer Richard Thomas starts this lively session with a discussion of Freytag's Pyramid and the essential points he teaches in his Short Story Mechanics Class for university students, including exercises authors can do later on their own. In the second hour, Richard will talk about how editors evaluate short fiction and how you can improve your chances of publication.

Richard Thomas is the author of three novels, three short story collections, a novella and more than 100 short stories. He has won contests at ChiZine and One Buck Horror, and has received five Pushcart Prize nominations to date. He is also the editor of four anthologies: Exigencies (Shirley Jackson finalist) and The New Black (Dark House Press), The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press) and Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) with Chuck Palahniuk (finalist for the Bram Stoker Award). In his spare time he is a columnist at LitReactor and Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press. He has taught at LitReactor, the University of Iowa, StoryStudio Chicago, and in Transylvania. Richard's novels include Disintegration and Breaker (Random House Alibi), and Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications).

9-9:30 AM registration and socializing
9:30-12 PM program

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