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201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI

Feb & Mar 2016

The fiction writer's toolbox / michelle wildgEn

Learn the building blocks of a short story, find inspiration, understand your characters, and show who they are on the page. Learn to turn a situation into a story, how to make a great scene, and how small tweaks to your approach can create totally different effects on the page.

During this workshop, we will have writing prompts and exercises to get you started on new ideas, and flesh these out into the beginnings of a short story. Half the battle of writing well is reminding the writer just how observant she really is in real life: we perceive stories and interactions and relationships all day every day, so easily that we barely notice we’re doing so. 

Class consists of instruction and writing exercises. 3 sessions, 1.5 hours each.

Instructor: Michelle Wildgen is a cofounder of the Madison Writers' Studio where she teaches workshops in fiction, memoir, and essays. She is the author of the novels Bread and ButterBut Not For Long, and You’re Not You. She received her MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught fiction and nonfiction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, and elsewhere. She is an executive editor at Tin House Magazine and former books editor with Tin House Books.

Thursdays, Feb 25, March 3 & 10 from 6:30-8:00pm

Sequoya Library

Free with advance registration

For all ages

Maximum enrollment: 15

Registration for this class will open on Jan 25 and remain open throughout the duration of the class

Each workshop is free with advance registration. We encourage you to attend all consecutive sessions with the instructor, but it is not mandatory. Registration will open one month before the first session and end one day before the first session. Once each class fills, there will be a short wait list. If you have any questions about signing up for classes, please contact volunteer workshop coordinator, Aaron Fai at

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.