Short Fiction: From Conception to Completion

    EX 1111 is offered this winter:

Write and devel­op a col­lec­tion of short fic­tion toward build­ing a fin­ished port­fo­lio. Review ele­ments of sto­ry­telling and explore the for­mal pos­si­bil­i­ties of short fic­tion. Assigned read­ings, in-class dis­cus­sions, and short exer­cis­es will help you tap into approach­es that excite you, deep­en your under­stand­ing of process, and amass mate­r­i­al need­ed for sto­ry drafts. You will be asked to share and cri­tique man­u­scripts: this is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to test your work on a focused audi­ence while sharp­en­ing your edit­ing and revis­ing skills.


Feb 2, 2022Mar 23, 2022



6:30 pm – 9:00 pm MT





Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

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Your Instructor

Thea BoweringID: thea-bowering

Thea Bowering has written in various creative and practical fields but is primarily a fiction writer. In 2014 her collection of short fiction Love at Last Sight (NeWest Press, 2013) won the Alberta Book Publishing Book of the Year Award—Trade Fiction and was longlisted for the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. She has taught Film Studies at The University of Alberta and developed and taught courses in short fiction and essay writing at Concordia University of Edmonton. She has been a story coach, a radio DJ, and has spent years organizing literary events and reading series around Edmonton. In 2018 she joined the Board of NeWest Press, where she sits as an executive member, reads manuscripts, and edits fiction.

  • MA, Comparative Literature, 2007, University of Alberta
  • BA, English Literature, 1998, Simon Fraser University

Class info
  • This is a syn­chro­nous course that fea­tures live online activ­i­ties at pre­de­ter­mined times. For the real-time class­room ses­sions, a com­put­er with both audio input and out­put is required. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence vis­it www​.ext​-leo​.ca/​s​t​u​dents
  • Cost assistance: may be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant, the Canada Training Benefit, and the Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan.
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  • Open for registration until February 2, 2022. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts. Refunds, withdrawals & transfers policies
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

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