VIRTUAL: The Art of the Short Story

Writer's Workshop
Wed, Jan 19, 2022
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What is a short story and how is it different from a novel chapter?

How do short stories exist in the twenty-first century and what purpose do they serve? Most importantly, how many pages should they be?

Join us for a discussion of the essential elements of writing a condensed, yet well-rounded story.

About the presenter: John Milas's short fiction has appeared in publications such as The Southampton Review, Superstition Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He has read journal submissions for Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, 5x5, and Rejection Letters, and has judged the fiction category of Uni High's annual creative writing contest since 2015. John grew up in Champaign and has left twice: once to serve in the Marine Corps and once to attend graduate school at Purdue University, where he earned his MFA in fiction under the guidance of his thesis advisor, Roxane Gay. He is currently at work on a novel and short story collections, both inspired by his experience in the military. Learn more at

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