Master Class – Short Story and Novella

Taught by Alecia McKenzie


Short stories can be just about anything, but how do you make yours stand out? This workshop will help aspiring and experienced writers shape and refine their fiction according to their own vision, with emphasis on character, plot, structure and style. We will explore the principles of storytelling through writing exercises, discuss the work submitted, and analyze some of the best examples of the genre. Please consult the PWW website for information on manuscript submission guidelines.

About Alecia

Alecia McKenzie is an award-winning short-story writer, novelist and journalist. Her first book Satellite City and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary prizes, and she was shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She has lived in the Caribbean, Asia and several European countries including Belgium, where she taught communications and creative writing at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Vesalius College). She is now based in Paris, and her latest book was recently published in French with the title Trésor (winner of the 2017 Prix Carbet des Lycéens). Website:

Manuscript Submission

Please send a double-spaced, 1,000-word short-story sample, along with a 200-word paragraph about your reasons for taking the course and what you expect from it, to:, with a copy to Dimitri Keramitas (Director of the Paris Writers Workshop and WICE Creative Writing Program) at The material will be forwarded to the instructor.

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