Great Reading List From Workshop Wednesday

Workshop Wednesday middle school writing group wrapped up its Winter term last week. We learned a lot about the craft of writing by examining short stories and excerpts by several amazing writers.

Whether you  read these stories from the standpoint of an appreciative reader or a studying writer, we hope you’ll enjoy the linked list below, organized according to the attributes our group examined in each of them. Happy Reading!

Multi Faceted Characters:

The Moustache” by Robert Cormier

What you Pawn, I Will Redeem” by Sherman Alexi

“Sorry, Wrong Number” by Allan Ullman  Featured in  McSweeney’s Issue 45 (Mcsweeney’s Quarterly Concern)

Great Beginnings:

Hitchcock and Bradbury Fistfight in Heaven (Mcsweeney’s Quarterly Concern)

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Show vs. Tell:

“Alone” by Jack Gilbert

A Home At the End of the World by Michael Cunningham

Character Transformation: 

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Artemis Fowl  by Eoin Colfer

“Powder” a short story by Tobias Wolff


Emotionally Stirring Stories:

“The Wig” by Brady Udall

Creating Emotion in the Reader, Article by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

“Balloon Girl” by  Angela Fountas (Quick Fiction Issue 11)