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Advanced Editing for Short Stories with Makena Onjerika (Open)

Updated: 7 days ago


Meeting day: Wednesdays

Time: 5-8pm (Kenyan time)

Start date: 24th March

Online via Zoom

14 sessions over 14 weeks.

Cost: US$ 210 or KES 21000 payable in up to 2 installments via PAYPAL, MPESA, WorldRemit and other


Makena Onjerika won the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing, was shortlisted for the 2020 Bristol Prize and was a 2020 Best of the Net nominee. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, Adroit Journal, Johannesburg Review of Books, Fireside Quarterly, Wasafiri, Waxwing, Jalada, New Daughters of Africa, Doek!, DRR and others.


This class is only suitable for writers who have published at least one story in a reputable literary magazine or anthology OR have undertaken an intenstive class focus on the elements of fiction craft e.g. plotting, point of view, showing and telling. Writers without such foundational training should join my other fiction class, "Introduction to Short Story Craft", first. This class will focus primarily on helping writers perfect stories they have already written and worked on for some time. All participants should have a stockpile of at least 5 2nd/3rd draft stories at the beginning of the class.


Each week, you will be required to read and provide extensive commentary and line edits on 2-3 participant stories. In class will discuss each story's merits and weaknesses and provide writers with suggestions and exercises to help them take their editing forward. You will be required to submit a story for discussion at least 3 times during this class, following a clearly established calendar. Makena will provide detailed editorial feedback, in writing, to each individual writer. We will also discuss Matthew Salesses "Craft in the Real World" throughout the class.


To apply for this class, you need to submit the three completed short stories you wish to perfect during this class. Application deadline: 10th March 2021


There are no scholarships available for this class at this time


Things to Note

  1. You may pay your class fee in two installments as long as you make the first payment before the beginning of class and complete payment within 30 days.

  2. Make sure that you have a stable internet connection, preferably wifi. I advise trying to have a zoom call with a friend between 5-8 pm to test your connection.

  3. NO Refunds are possible once you attend your first class. Think carefully about how much time you have and whether you can actually commit to the class.





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