Back to All Events

Online Short Fiction Boot Camp with (A Whole Bunch of) Barrelhouse Editors

NOTE: This workshop is currently sold out. If you’re interested in being on a wait list, email yobarrelhouse at gmail dot com with “short fiction boot camp” in the subject line.


  • This 8-week online workshop starts on March 17 and runs through May 12, 2019.

  • The workshop will be led by 7 Barrelhouse editors, each of whom will serve as the lead for one week, with all hands on deck in our final week.

  • Every week, we will focus on a specific area of craft: the lead editor will post a brief lecture/essay, some reading samples, and a writing prompt. Prompts will be posted to the general space and will be workshopped by the class and that week’s instructor.

  • Registration is $250.

  • Participation is limited to 12 people.


Each week, our instructor will post a brief lecture about a specific area of craft pertaining to the short story, along with some reading and a writing prompt. The workshop will function on a Sunday to Sunday basis, so this will happen on Sunday. By Friday, we’ll ask participants to post their responses to the prompt, and those will be discussed and workshopped by participants and the instructor.

At the same time, we’ll have several open discussions about publishing, submitting, markets for work, and any additional areas of craft that participants want to talk about.

The workshop is open for writers of all experience levels.


The workshops are run using the Canvas learning management system, a user-friendly, cloud-based education forum, which means, this is a virtual space. You can check in and out according to what works for your schedule within the parameters of the course and participants don’t have to be in a certain place at a certain time. We will stick to the Sunday to Sunday schedule, and will strongly encourage everybody to be posting their writing prompts by Friday COB.


March 17: Beginning the Story with Editor Dave Housley

March 24: Point of View with Books Editor Mike Ingram

March 31: Dialogue and Voice with Fiction Editor Matt Perez

April 7: Setting with Online Editor Erin Fitzgerald

April 14: Language and the Lyric/narrative Continuum with Poetry Editor Dan Brady

April 21: Flash Fiction with Fiction Editor Chris Gonzalez

April 28: Making Less Sense: Revising to add energy and surprise to your drafts with Nonfiction Editor Tom McAllister

May 5: Bringing it All Together with all hands on deck.

Sign up!


Dan Brady is the poetry editor of Barrelhouse. Recent poems have appeared in Artifice, Big Lucks, Everyday Genius, H_NGM_N, So & So, and elsewhere. He is the author of two chapbooks, Fossil Record / Cabin Fever (Flying Guillotine Press) and Leroy Sequences (Horse Less Press). He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Erin Fitzgerald is the author of the novella Valetta78 (Outpost 19), as well as"This Morning Will Be Different," which appeared in Shut Up/Look Pretty (Tiny Hardcore Press, 2012). Her work has also been published in Hobart, The Rumpus, Salt Hill, PANK, and several anthologies. She is the Web Editor for Barrelhouse. She lives in western Connecticut, and online at

Chris Gonzalez is a fiction editor at Barrelhouse. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Split Lip Magazine, Pithead Chapel, Hobart, The Acentos Review, and elsewhere. He currently works at a publishing house in New York, and at night he self-medicates with episodes of The Great British Baking Show. You can visit him online at or follow him on Twitter @livesinpages.

Dave Housley is the author of the novel This Darkness Got to Give, and co-author with Becky Barnard on the upcoming sci-fi YA novel The Greys. He has published four story collections: Massive Cleansing Fire, If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home, Commercial Fiction, and Ryan Seacrest is Famous. His work has appeared in Booth, Hobart, McSweeneys, Mid-American Review, Quarterly West, Wigleaf, and some other online and print magazines. He is one of the founding editors of Barrelhouse and co-founders of the Conversations and Connections writer's conference.

Mike Ingram's stories and essays have appeared in a number of magazines and journals, including The North American Review, Phoebe, December, and EPOCH. He is the Books Editor for Barrelhouse. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he now lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches at Temple University and co-hosts the weekly Book Fight podcast. You can visit him online at

Tom McAllister is the author of the novels How To Be Safe and The Young Widower’s Handbook, as well as the memoir Bury Me In My Jersey. His short stories and essays have been published in Hobart, The Collagist, The Rumpus, Black Warrior Review, Cincinnati Review, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and some other places. He is the nonfiction editor at Barrelhouse, and co-host of the Book Fight! podcast. Find him on twitter @t_mcallister.

Matt Perez is a fiction editor at Barrelhouse, with work sporadically appearing in Booth, Barrelhouse (pre-editorship! he claims), Word Riot and other places. Formerly a Lecturer in English at Penn State, he has since quit so he can move to Ithaca NY, where he hangs loose by waterfalls, lakes and trees, grades zero undergrad essays, and works at a brewery. Matt is trying to figure it all out and he likes you just the way you are. Find him @mattperez18 on Twitter or homey_the_bird on Insta.

Refund Policy

Since spots are limited to 12, we need to be kind of strict about cancellations and refunds. Here’s the deal:

You can cancel and receive a full refund up to two weeks before the workshop start date.

After that, we’re locked in and can’t provide a refund.

Sign up!