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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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 the course, 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 per adult $1,932, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy per adult $1,990, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,115

*This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option: $425. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience.