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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

This information pertains to a past summer program.

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Adult courses

Writing the Short Story: A Workshop

Week 1:

This program is no longer available.
Please contact us if you have any questions.

Immerse yourself in a week of writing guided by Lamar Herrin, distinguished professor emeritus of English and the author of several novels, numerous stories in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and Harper's, and a memoir, Romancing Spain. A perceptive and encouraging teacher and critic, Lamar will instruct us in the techniques of short fiction and show us how the elements of character, plot, tension, climax, and resolution promote its themes. We'll discuss stories by such writers as E. L. Doctorow, Carson McCullers, and Raymond Carver, and we'll respond to one another's works in progress. Please bring drafts of two short stories and a photocopy of a page of someone else's prose that you wish you had written.


Registration is closed for this class. Please contact CAU if you have questions.

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers course tuition, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees. Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy $1,805, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy $1,867, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,085 (includes CAU evening events and the banquet but no other meals)

*If you stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, you will pay the hotel directly for your accommodations. Please call them at 607.266.0000 and request the CAU block.

NOTE: The Hilton is full for Week 4. Please see the Housing page for details about reserving a room at the Courtyard Marriott.

Commuter meal plan option: $350. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week.