How to write a short story

Fiction writer and professor, John Dufresne offers some tips on how to get started when writing a short story and how to know when you’re on the right track.

Dufresne was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012 for his creative work, with includes four novels and the short story collections “The Way That Water Enters Stone” and “Johnny Too Bad.” He has also written two books on the craft of fiction writing: “The Lie That Tells a Truth: a Guide to Writing Fiction” and “Is Life Like This? A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months.”

Professor Dufresne earned his MFA from the University of Arkansas and specializes in fiction writing. He regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in fiction along with screenwriting courses within the creative writing program.

Watch John’s video on how to write a short story.