"Nailing the Spike" focuses on the quick and dramatic arc (i.e. the spike) required to make a short story jump out and grab the reader. Having read thousands of short stories as a reader for the Best American Short Stories series, and as former head reader for Zoetrope--All Story, Francis Ford Coppola's literary journal, April Eberhardt has developed a strong sense of the characteristics that distinguish successful short stories. We’ll discuss what a short story must accomplish in a brief form, how short stories differ from novels and novellas, and the ways in which short story trends have changed. We’ll also discuss ways to approach getting your short stories published. This workshop is suitable for aspiring and experienced short story writers.