The Art of the Short Story
with Richard Bausch
The Kauai Writers Conference is honored to have this master of his genre give a class devoted to short story writing. Crafting a short story is a no less demanding task than writing a novel. In some ways it is harder. Characters need to be fully developed and a compelling story arc traversed in just a few pages. Add to that the fact that few short story collections ever make it to the best seller lists, and one might wonder why writers would set their sights on such a daunting task. The answer, as for any art form, is simple: because they are compelled to.
In this small group workshop, Richard will cover such key elements of short story success as the importance of the untold subtext, creating memorable characters with an economy of words, and grabbing and keeping the readers’ imagination. This is a rare opportunity for intimate communication with this true short story genius.
RICHARD BAUSCH is an acknowledged master of the short story form. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Narrative, Gentleman’s Quarterly. Playboy, The Southern Review, New Stories From the South, The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize Stories; and they have been widely anthologized, including The Granta Book of the American Short Story, and The Vintage Book of the Contemporary American Short Story. The Modern Library published The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch in March, 1996. He has won two National Magazine Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund Writer’s Award, the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and The 2004 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. In 1995 he was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 1999 he signed on as co-editor, with RV Cassill, of The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Since Cassill’s passing, in 2002, he is the sole editor of that prestigious anthology. Richard is the 2013 Winner of the REA award for Short Fiction. Bausch is currently a professor at Chapman University in Orange, California.