REMOTE: Abby Geni- The Elements of Story Cancelled, Christina Clancy will be the speaker.

  • February 10, 2022
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • remote


Remote Only. 

Abby Geni is sick and unable to present to us February 10. We hope for her speedy recovery. We will make every attempt to reschedule Abby's session. The wonderful Christina Clancy has agreed to move her session, The First 20 Pages: How to Wow an Agent or Editor with a Strong Beginning. I hope you will find this session compelling and helpful. 

The first draft of any short story is largely explorative: finding out what the story will be by writing it. But what happens next? Once you have created a first draft, necessarily flawed, how do you revise it into a polished, powerful story? Many writers are daunted by this task, and many stories falter at the threshold of the second, or third, or final draft. In this class, we will treat revision as a series of steps, rather than a single, sweeping transformation. We will break break stories down into their component parts and talk about how to use each aspect of fiction to greatest effect: setting, pacing, tension, character, dialogue, and more.

Abby Geni is the author of the novels The Wildlands and The Lightkeepers, as well as a short story collection, The Last Animal. Her books have been translated into seven languages and have won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Chicago Review of Books Awards, among other honors. Her latest novel, The Wildlands, was named one of the best books of 2018 by Kirkus and Buzzfeed and was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. Geni is a faculty member at StoryStudio Chicago and recently served as Visiting  Associate Professor of Fiction at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.    

We offer free student memberships at a discounted rate of $5.00 per session. You must send verification of your student status. Please contact Claudia Katz at for details.

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