BWW: Short Fiction

Enjoy classic O Henry or the quick wit of Jeffery Archer? Does the character nuance of Jhumpa Lahiri make you want to blueprint your own? Is Murakami's surreal treatment of a mundane urban experience what you aim to achieve with your story? But perhaps, you already have that fun recipe for what makes a short story unforgettable. Even so, you will benefit with BWW: Short Fiction. This intensive and supportive workshop will scrutinize, challenge and deconstruct seminal short stories. It will also help you get more nuanced when you write your own short story. 

Through this workshop you will work on your own short story/stories and receive feedback. You will hone the specific skill of crafting short fiction while sharpening your aptitude for critique.

Writers who are graduates of the BWW Classic course are urged to apply especially if they have written short stories in the past. If you are mesmerized by the power of the short narrative and want to make a big impact within concise parameters, are especially encouraged to apply. 

We do not take more than six students for this workshop. 

Take a journey with us, submit your first draft of a story at the workshop, and see how it evolves over six workshop sessions.

Who is it targeted at?

This course is for writers who are past graduates of the BWW Classic course who love reading short stories and enjoy writing them more. BWW: Short Fiction is a workshop aimed at intermediate writers who want to focus on the craft of short narratives. 

Note: If you are new to writing and don't have a particular interest in any genre, style, or form as yet, we recommend you try the BWW: Classic.
Should you apply for the BWW Short Fiction and haven't done the BWW Classic, your application will be considered for the BWW Classic by default. 

What is expected from the participants?

An open mind. An inquisitive attitude. A determination to rework your story till it is perfect. 

You will be expected to read diligently. You will also be expected to rework and resubmit your manuscript after it has been critiqued by the group. 

At the end of the six weeks, you should have at least one publishing-ready short story. 

What is the methodology?

Constructive feedback, reading, and analyzing published short fiction with particular attention to craft. 

What is the duration?

6 weeks. (6 Saturdays for 2.5 hours) for a total of 15 hours.

What is the cost?

INR 14,000/- including GST at 18%. 

Recommended Reading for the Course:

Beasts And Super-Beasts, Saki

Cathedral Stories, Raymond Carver

Difficult Pleasures, Anjum Hasan

Eggs, Beans And Crumpets, P G Wodehouse 

Sketches New And Old, Mark Twain

Six Great Sherlock Holmes Stories, Arthur Conan Doyle

Someone Like You, Roald Dahl

The Best Short Stories Of O Henry, O Henry

The Blaft Anthology Of Tamil Pulp Fiction, Rakesh Khanna And Pritham K. Chakravarthy

To Cut A Long Story Short, Jeffrey Archer

The Elephant Vanishes: Stories, Haruki Murakami

The Gurkha's Daughter, Prajwal Parajuly

The Happy Prince And Other Stories, Oscar Wilde

The Matisse Stories, A S Byatt

The Moons Of Jupiter, Alice Munro

The Necklace And Other Short Stories, Guy de Maupassant

The Overcoat And Other Stories, Nikolai Gogol

The Quilt And Other Stories, Ismat Chugtai

This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz

Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri

Note: You don't need to have read all these books to apply for the workshop. 

However, you will enjoy this workshop more if you have read them.