Workshop (Spring 1999)

Writing the Short Story
Offered by Writer-in-Residence Douglas Bauer

New York State Writers Institute Writer-in-Residence Douglas Bauer will conduct a workshop on writing the short story during the Spring 1999 semester. It is intended for those who have some writing experience.

The workshop is scheduled for eleven evenings (three intensive introductory meetings on March 2, 3, and 4; weekly sessions on March 10, 17, 23, April 7, 14, 21: and two wrap-up sessions on April 28 and 29) from 6 to 9:00 p.m. The class will be held on the University at Albany's uptown campus. The workshop is offered free of charge for non-credit, and will be limited to twelve writers. To be considered, submit fiction manuscripts to the Writers Institute according to the guidelines listed below. Due to the volume of manuscripts received from previous workshops, we must insist that you follow the guidelines exactly.


  1. All manuscripts must be typewritten, doubled-spaced.

  2. Submit no more than five pages of fiction. Clearly indicate the title of the piece and what your submission is (e.g. short story, part of a short story, chapter of a novel, etc).

  3. All submissions must include a separate cover sheet with name, address, work and home telephone numbers, and the title of your submission. Do not put your name on any other pages of your submission.

  4. Be sure to keep a copy of your work as your manuscripts will not be returned to you.

  5. Writers enrolled in a University at Albany writing class for the Spring 1999 semester, whether graduate or undergraduate, are not eligible. Auditing of the class is not permitted.

  6. Manuscripts delivered in person will be accepted up until l:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 1999. Mailed manuscripts must be postmarked not later than Friday, January 29, 1999. Faxes will not be accepted. The NYS Writers Institute is not responsible for newspaper misprints or notices appearing after the deadline due dates.

  7. Notification of acceptance will be by Thursday, February 18, 1999. Please do not call regarding the status of your manuscript. We regret that neither Mr. Bauer nor the Institute can comment on manuscripts by writers not selected.

  8. Mail manuscripts to:
    Bauer Workshop
    NYS Writers Institute, HU 355
    University at Albany, SUNY
    Albany, NY 12222