The Nuts and Bolts of Writing and Selling Short Stories


Save the Date! The Willamette Writers on the River chapter is hosting a Spring Workshop on “The Nuts and Bolts of Writing and Selling Short Stories” with Sarina Dorie, April 30th, 10am-5pm at the Comfort Inn Suites in Corvallis. More info can be found here:


Short Description:

Thinking about writing short stories but don’t know where to start? Here is a great place to get the basics from someone with experience in this field.


Longer Description

Why write short stories, flash fiction and novellas? Come to this fast paced workshop to find out. Learn how to sell short fiction, where to find markets, what you need to include in a cover letter for short stories and more. We will practice dissecting markets and magazines to find the right ones for you. Bring a pencil and paper to experiment with short story techniques. Sarina Dorie has sold over 100 short stories to magazines and anthologies in the last six years and has several novels published as well. She will share the secrets to her success so that you can write short stories and make money selling them.



Sarina Dorie has over 100 short stories published in the genres of fantasy, sci-fi, romance, humor, and non-fiction, has won numerous awards and has several published novels. Sarina has worked as an English, art and dance teacher, a copy editor at an advertising agency, and a writer. She joined her first critique group when she was sixteen, and has given workshops at the Willamette Writers, Romance Writers of America, Wordcrafters and various science fiction conventions like Worldcon and Gearcon.


Tentative Outline (10-5 pm)

Why write short stories and what to do with them (1 hr)


Break (15 minutes)

How to sell short stories and keep track of them (1.5 hr)

1 hour lunch break

How to dissect a short story in order to write for a specific market/Activity (1 hr)

Break (10 minutes)

How to write a short story: 3 different methods to try (1 hr)

Break (10 minutes)

Writing time Activity (1 hr)

Breakout sessions/sharing (if time)