If you love reading and writing novels, short stories, or flash fiction and you want to sharpen your writing skills, this workshop is for you! In the first half of this study group, we intend to have a Northwestern Master of Fine Arts student guide us through the elements of craft and technique as we peer-review works up to 20 pages long. In addition, each week we will discuss published short stories of the best known authors, both classic and emerging writers, highlighted in magazines like The New Yorker. There will also be weekly optional writing prompts to sharpen specific skills. This is a work-oriented study group where the more you put in, the more you get out. Let the narratives of these published works, the knowledge and enthusiasm of the guest presenters, and the talent of your peers inspire you to bring the characters and plots of your stories alive. We welcome new and experienced writers to join the passionate and lively exchange of those who love to write.