Reading and Writing Short Fiction | Newberry

Reading and Writing Short Fiction

Led by Cindy Juyoung Ok.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Five sessions. Tuesdays, September 28-October 26.


Virtual (Full - Register for Waitlist on Learning Stream)

For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

This course focuses on the genre of the short story, with readings ranging in style and scope. We will share responses to a variety of in-class prompts, read a selection of published contemporary stories, and workshop one story from each writer intensively. Your tastes and goals as readers and writers will guide our time together, and the seminar will aim to support you and your work. Whether you have stories to workshop and revise or need the push to write your first, this course provides a literary community around short fiction where you can stretch, probe, and clarify all at once.

Five sessions. Registration – $220

Cindy Juyoung Ok’s recent work can be found in Bennington Review, Colorado Review, Electric Literature’s The Commuter, jubilat, and The Yale Review. She teaches creative writing and holds master’s degrees from UCLA and the Iowa Writers” Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow

Materials List


  • Digital Course Packet (distributed electronically before seminar begins)

First Reading (in course packet):

  • Girl by Jamaica Kincaid
  • How to Become a Writer by Lorrie Moore
  • Inventory by Carmen Maria Machado
Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.