New to short fiction?
Start with Introduction to Short Fiction, a self-paced four-week online course perfect for those who have always wanted to write short fiction but don't know where to start.
Note: I don't take Joyland submissions from current participants in my workshops, from my evaluation or mentorship programs, or from my students at Western University.
Please don't submit to Joyland until a year has passed after you have worked with me as a mentor, coach, or workshop leader.
This excludes one-day workshops and self-paced workshops where I don't read the writing of the participants.
Kathryn has taught fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, and experimental writing since 2003 at four post secondary institutions. She currently teaches creative writing at Western University where she won the Angela Armitt Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The writing she's published as an editor has appeared in Best Canadian Stories, Best Canadian Poetry, The Journey Prize, and has been nominated for the National Magazine Awards.
Her creative writing students and workshop participants have published most recently in the South Asian Ensemble, Prism International, Vallum, Ditch, Poetry is Dead, The Malahat Review, Joyland, Occasus, and many more.
And they've gone on to study creative writing and screenwriting at Columbia University, University of Southern California, UBC, Guelph-Humber, Humber Film and Television Program, York University, University of Toronto, University of New Brunswick, and University of Victoria.
Kathryn taught me how to get out of my own way in this enlightening six week series of workshops. Each three hour session flew by. This course is a wonderful combination of "How to Write" and "How to Survive being a Writer". As a new writer, I appreciated Kathryn's straightforward and practical yet poetic approach to the material. An industry expert, she taught me things I didn't even know I needed to know. The group was kind, nurturing and offered very constructive feedback. This workshop left me energized and inspired to continue to write and submit work.
Dr. Mandy Ruthnum Comox, Vancouver Island, B.C., Short Story Workshop
This course got me writing and finishing fiction again after more than a decade away from it. Kathryn creates a supportive environment for effective critique aimed at improving all aspects of writing short fiction, and her extensive experience of the writing and publishing world is invaluable.
Alan Harnum, Toronto Ontario, Short Story Workshop
"I enjoyed the stories Kathryn chose, the prompts ... and how she broke down the elements of the short story in very concise and manageable bits. I found it inspiring, and enough work to keep me motivated to push myself along, without feeling overwhelmed throughout the course. I even liked the online platform. It's really simple and easy to use.
I thought I would be really terrified, but Kathryn has such a great way of keeping the terror at bay for me. She's like the writer whisperer! I also found her constructive criticism extremely helpful."
Natasha Nystrom, Vancouver BC, Short Story Workshop
"What I particularly liked were Kathryn's lessons. They were brief, frank and digestible, easy enough to consult while reading and writing, acting like a little guide. Kathryn's revision suggestions were excellent ... Her written feedback was thorough, illuminating and very helpful."
Basia Gilas, Toronto, ON, Short Story Workshop
Twice a year I offer intensive fiction workshops.
This fall I'm offering a four-week Advanced Short Fiction Workshop. The workshop takes place via the video conferencing platform Zoom.
Email me here if you are interested in signing up. There are limited spots available.
You can take this workshop from anywhere in the world!
Please pass along to anyone you think might be interested.
ADVANCED SHORT FICTION WORKSHOP
The Advanced Short Fiction Workshop will help you take your fiction writing to the next level in a supportive and engaging environment.
Format: This course is live and takes place online through video conferencing (Zoom).
This is a workshop-based course where you will share your short story with the class and receive constructive feedback from the instructor and the workshop participants. Each writer will receive a critique on a 2000 to 3500-word short story and a flash fiction piece.
Experience Level: This course is appropriate for fiction writers who have moved well beyond the basics and are looking for constructive critical feedback as well as publishing tips and advice.
For those who are new to short fiction, I suggest my four-week self-paced online course Introduction to Short Fiction ($50) or Five Days of Short Fiction (free)
Length: Four weeks
Dates: Sunday October 6, 2019 to Sunday November 3, 2019 (No class on October 13, 2019)
Enrolment: Limited spaces available, so secure your spot today!
Day/Time: Sundays mornings 11:00am to 2:00pm (Eastern Time Zone)
Price: $500 (CAD)
Register: Email Kathryn Mockler here to register. Payment in full secures your spot in the course. You can pay by PayPal or E-Transfer. Contact Kathryn first to ensure there is a space available that the experience level is right for you.
Enrolment is limited so sign up now to secure your spot!
Email Kathryn Mockler here to register.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will this workshop be offered?
This is a live, online workshop delivered through the video conferencing platform Zoom.
How will I know if I have enough experience to take this workshop?
You are always welcome to check in with me to see if it's a fit. Generally writers at this level will have taken fiction writing workshops before or completed a creative writing program or MFA or have had some of their writing published in literary journals or have been writing seriously for at least two years.
What is the structure of the workshop?
Each writer will sign up for a workshop date for a short story between 2500 and 3500 words.
Writers will submit their story on the Thursday before their workshop date so everyone can read and comment on the story before the workshop.
You will be responsible for reading and commenting on 2-3 stories per week for four weeks.
What are the technology requirements?
To use the Zoom platform, you can call in or use your computer or phone's video and audio. You can use Zoom on your smart phone, tablet, or computer.