Bridge Eight Fiction Workshop

Saturday, June 15, 2019 // 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Event Description


In this workshop, you will be tasked with defining or redefining what a story means to you. Whether that is a concern for the broader picture of things (plot, character, conceit) or simply figuring out how to write the best sentence possible, this course will meet you where you are and work with you to take you where you want to go.

Each participant will have the opportunity to hear one piece workshopped by the instructor and their peers, and have that discussion guided by what the writer wants to get from the course.

We’ll cap the course by participating in a short 500-word flash fiction contest amongst ourselves.


Saturday, June 15                     11:00-1:30

Saturday, June 22                     11:00-1:30

Saturday, July 13                      11:00-1:30

Saturday, July 20                      11:00-1:30

Saturday, July 27                      11:00-1:30

Saturday, August 3rd                11:00-1:30

What We’ll Cover
Each participant will:
• generate a response to “What makes a story?” and “Why do I want to write one?”
• develop a foundational understanding of good vs. bad writing habits, and how to critique your own work
• explore the multiple components of a story (character, plot, dialogue, conflict, emotion) in order to refine their own interests
• engage with and develop relationships within Jacksonville’s growing literary community
• learn about the publishing process, and how to go about submitting your work to the right literary journals

Each six-week workshop will cost $200 to enroll and will be capped at 10 students to preserve the individual focus each participant deserves.

MOCA Members get 10% discount off workshop series. 
Applications will be open until May 31st.

To apply, visit

These workshops are a commitment for both the teacher and the students. You are encouraged to check your calendars and assess your level of interest, and your commitment to completing the program before signing up. For those of you who have a conflict with one of the session dates, make-up sessions can be arranged.

About the Instructor
Caleb Michael Sarvis is a writer from Jacksonville, Florida. He is the author of Dead Aquarium (Mastodon Publishing 2019), the managing editor for Bridge Eight Press, and co-host of the Drunken Book Review Podcast. His story “An Unfaded Black” was short-listed for Best American Short Stories 2018, edited by Roxane Gay. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Tampa and you can find his work in Hobart, Volt, Saw Palm, Split Lip Magazine, and several others.