Philadelphia Stories Fiction Workshop with Aimee LaBrie

Philadelphia Stories Fiction Workshop: An 8-week workshop from the area’s popular literary magazine that offers writing tips, assignments, and peer critique.

Moderator: Aimee LaBrie received her MA in writing from DePaul University in 2000 and her MFA in fiction Penn State in 2003. Her collection of short stories, Wonderful Girl, won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction in 2007 and was published by the University of North Texas Press.Other stories of hers have been published in Minnesota Review, Pleiades, Quarter After Eight, Iron Horse Literary Review, and numerous other literary journals. Her short story, "Ducklings" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Pleiades. Most recently, she was awarded first prize in Zoetrope’s national short fiction contest.

Fee: $200. Writing sample required (max word count of 2000 words). STUDENTS MUST BE APPROVED BY MS. LABRIE.

Schedule:  Mondays, 6-7:30pm. NEXT SESSION: September 10 through October 29, 2012.

Location: Robin’s Moonstone, second floor of 110A S. 13th Street (convenient to parking and just 3 blocks from Suburban Station)

The course: Each week, short weekly writing assignments are due from students. Students will also be asked to read published stories and essays about fiction writing (available online) to facilitate class discussion.

The goal: This class focuses on writing short literary fiction. Students will write two short stories during the 8-week course. Excerpts from novels and genre fiction will not be critiqued. The goal of the workshop is to provide writing discussion and professional development to help experienced writers improve their writing and learn through the peer-critique process. For more information, please email

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