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Online Short Fiction Workshop with Dave Housley


  • This is an 8 week short fiction workshop that starts on July 14, 2019.

  • Participation is limited to 12 people and every participant will have a chance to workshop 2 stories.

  • Cost is $250


These are online workshops, so, you know, everything is online. Participants don’t have to be in a certain place at a certain time. They log in to the workshop space throughout the week, whenever convenient for them. We’ve had workshop participants from all over the world.

Each week we will workshop 3 stories, and participants will be expected to actively and generously comment on their colleagues’ work. This is the bulk of the workshop. Dave will also comment on every story workshopped. At the same time, we frequently have a number of discussions happening on various topics, including general writing-related and publishing issues and questions, to very specific elements of craft. The workshops are run using the Canvas learning management system.


From the evaluations of previous online fiction workshops with Dave Housley:

"Comments on stories were generally very thoughtful and constructive. Comments from the workshop leader were thoughtful and constructive, but also in-depth and detailed, carefully deconstructing the story and making precise suggestions for improvement. Workshops always depend on the quality of the participants and the leader and in this case, both were excellent. I also thought the discussion boards on craft were helpful and the many links to articles were very useful. Limiting the workshop to 12 participants made it manageable in terms of reading and feedback, and gave each participant the chance to present 2 stories. That is good value for the fee."

"I thought it was as strong of a class as other independent workshops I've taken, and better than undergraduate workshops I have taken in the past. People were committed, intelligent, and knew what they were talking about. The feedback was varied and in-depth, and the related conversations about plot, revision, submitting, etc. were also very valuable. If someone were interested in taking the workshop, I would emphasize the value: The price is the fraction of the cost of even an affordable college class, but the experience was much better, in my mind. Eight weeks for two hundred dollars is incredibly cost-effective."



Dave Housley is one of the Founding Editors of Barrelhouse. His first novel, This Darkness Got to Give, was published in 2018. His fourth collection of short fiction, Massive Cleansing Fire, was published in February 2017 by Outpost 19 books. His other books are If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home (Dzanc Books), Commercial Fiction (Outpost 19), and Ryan Seacrest is Famous (Impetus Press, Dzanc Books eBook Reprint Series). His work has appeared in Hobart, McSweeneys, Mid-American Review, Quarterly West, Wigleaf, and some other places. A few links to stories are included below. He's also one of the co-founders of Barrelhouse and the organizer of our conference, Conversations and Connections, which is held in DC in the Spring and Pittsburgh in the Fall. He is the Manager for Web Strategy at Penn State Outreach and Online Education.


Lawn Man at Little Fiction

What We Talk About When We Talk About Aliens at Split Lip. 

Rockabye in Redux (originally published in Hobart; okay, Dave has published a lot of stuff in Hobart ;-)

State Farm at Hobart

McDonalds at Hobart


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.