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Spring 2022 Class: “Writing Short Fiction”

I’m stretching my wings, folks, and taking 20+ years of experience writing, editing, and publishing — not to mention three-odd years’ worth of podcast hosting — to the classroom. This spring I’ll be teaching a practical, nuts-and-bolts approach to writing short fiction at Assabet After Dark, the largest adult continuing education program in metrowest Massachusetts.

From the catalogue:

Writing Short Fiction

Short fiction is an easy medium to attempt, a difficult one to master. We will focus on a practical, nuts-and-bolts approach to writing short fiction in multiple genres. You will discover different narrative techniques, tips for effective dialogue, plotting a short story versus plotting a novel, and how to submit your work and where. You will workshop your story one-on-one with the instructor, with the goal of having a completed, ready-to-submit short story by the end of the course.

Assabet After Dark Spring 2022 catalogue

It’s six classes, one a week in 2-hour blocks every Tuesday from March 8 to April 12. The only cost is the course fee, which I haggled down to $85 to keep the cost of entry low for those who might otherwise not be able to afford writing classes. Representative demos of my approach to writing (both the art and the commerce thereof) can be found on my blog post about How to Sell Your Fiction, my appearances at conferences, or my co-hosting gig on the No Story Is Sacred podcast.

But! I recognize that not everybody is in or around Massachusetts, or would feel comfortable with in-person teaching right now. (VERY fair.) So here’s the skinny — I’m offering two options to people who want to be part of this, regardless of where you are in the world.

  • Option 1 – In Person: This is an open class (though spaces are limited — ETA 2/11/22: And is now using a waitlist!). If you’re in Massachusetts and want to make the drive, you can register to attend the “live” course, whether that ends up being in person or over Zoom. Registering for the in-person course gets you access to:
    • 12 hours of dedicated live teaching
    • One-on-one short-story workshopping and support with me
    • A course site with resources and copies of the presentations for later review
    • Access to a dedicated Discord server to talk over assignments, ping me and others for help, and generally build a writing community for those who may not have had one previously
  • Option 2 – Online-Only: For those who still want to be part of a community and learn along with others in an online setting, I’m creating a special role in this class’s Discord server called “Virtual Student”. You’d be locked out of the in-person class channels, but everything else will be open for you, including:
    • Single-shot talks
    • Workshop-versions of future classes
    • Crowd-sourced resources, open submission calls, and general support

And that’s it! This is a new direction for me, but one I’m very excited about. So, brass tacks:

Interested in the “Writing Short Fiction” course? Space is limited (ETA 2/11/22: And is now using a waitlist), but click here to register.



Want to be a Virtual Student on the Writing with Katherine Crighton Discord server? Click here 👉


Let’s see if I can get the fine print here right on the first try and with minimal fuss:

  • The single $10 fee is to help control server growth and prevent a rolling bill like with Patreon or a drive-by trolling from all but the most dedicated.
  • If maintenance of the server ever becomes onerous, I’ll either: 1. close registrations; 2. jack up the access fee for future virtual students; or 3. do something really wild, like hire a moderator or something.

Have an idea for classes or talks you’d like to see, or other topics you’d like me to address? Drop me a line and I’ll add it to the list!

(Image credit: Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay)

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New short story: “DEMON FIGHTER SUCKS”

I have a new short story out from the excellent Apex Magazine, “DEMON FIGHTER SUCKS“, in Issue 123.

It’s the last story I sold before my mother died, and the first story to get published after she died. For a lot of reasons (particularly apparent if you read it) this work is important to me, and Apex Magazine did a great job with it.

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once in a golden hour

As I sometimes do, I’m doing another experiment in creating consistent content for patrons — this time, I’m creating a brief weekly zine through Patreon called The Minor Hours and Small Thoughts Magazine, in the style of the strange and random early Regency and Victorian publications previously mentioned on the blog. Mine will be filled with commonplaces, small pieces of fiction and creative nonfiction, interesting art, and specious advice.

More importantly for this day and age, this zine won’t dwell on the latest news or dire issues — there are other, better resources for that. Publishing and writing updates or thoughts are going to remain here, along with longer pieces, and my irregular (free) newsletter for publishing updates is always available for signup. But the miscellany of life is what I’d like to record, both my own and others’, and I think that has value all by itself.

The first issue is up and free here for anyone who’d like to see vaguely what I’m offering — $1 a month gets you a weekly zine of varying length and questionable wit, and $2 gets you both the subscription and an original, subscriber-only flash story per month. Depending on interest, goals and tiers may be added, but for now I’m going to stick with something simple, fun, and, hopefully, a respite from the rest of the world.

ETA 8/27/20: As I said on my twitter, fuck it, the whole thing’s free now. Tiers are still available if you’d like to get monthly fiction from me, or if you’d like to get the Minor Hours Magazine directly in your inbox, but otherwise, enjoy.

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New short story: “They’re Made Out of Corn”

In the middle of everything, it’s strange to give good news, but: I have a new short story out, the first since before some Big Life Shit that went down a few years ago. Enjoy “They’re Made Out of Corn“, out today from Daily Science Fiction, a continuation/pastiche of Terry Bisson‘s “They’re Made Out of Meat.”

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Hi there. If you’re just waking up

  • Brexit won
  • The £ plummeted to a 30-year low
  • Japan has stopped trading
  • Scotland is pushing for independence
  • Ireland is considering re-unification
  • The Dutch Freedom Party are calling for their own EU referendum

Well, this took off whilst I went to sleep for a couple of hours.

An update:

  • David Cameron has resigned, a fact I’d never thought I’d be sad about
  • Donald Trump just landed in Scotland, because we haven’t suffered enough
  • Nicola Sturgeon says EU folk are “still welcome in Scotland” and “their contribution is valued”
  • She’s thrown down the gauntlet re: staying in and is petitioning the EU for membership. The result is “democratically unacceptable”
  • “I intend to take all possible steps to give effect to how Scotland voted. In other words, to secure our place in the EU”
  • Statement officially made that second independence referendum “highly likely”
  • The financial markets are a shitshow
  • Vote Leave have ALREADY backtracked on their two defining campaign promises (more money for the NHS, less immigration)
  • A motion of No Confidence has been leveled at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who honestly lasted longer than I thought he would
  • The UK have lost £350 billion so far
  • Spain could re-take Gibraltar if they wanted to make a move
  • Morgan Stanley have started the process to move 2,000 investment banking staff from London to Dublin/Frankfurt
  • EU leaders are calling on the UK to get out ASAP
  • The New York stock exchange is down 500 points
  • From the amount wiped off shares, so far, divided by 32m voters… the cost is already at £6,000 per voter
  • Donald Trump has come out in support of the decision to leave, which is how you know we messed up real bad
  • Everything is fucked
  • I’m so sorry