Virtual Writing Retreat
Intensive Short Story Workshop

Daisuke Shen is leading a five day virtual writing workshop, with daily Zoom meetings, so you can hone your craft in a supportive group workshop.

  • Five days of two-hour workshops, with instructor-led discussions designed to empower authors to develop their craft in a supportive, collaborative setting.

  • Two rounds of personal, written, feedback on your writing from Daisuke Shen.

  • Collaborative feedback from fellow students during the live workshop sessions.

  • Daily in-class exercises to develop your craft and spark seeds for new writing.

  • A personal list of publishers who may be interested in your writing, provided by Daisuke Shen.

  • Access to live office hours with all of our instructors, available exclusively to students of Authors Publish, after the course is finished.

  • Full access to our private community of writers, so you can network with your fellow students

Hone Your Craft in a Collaborative Workshop

Join Daisuke Shen for a Five Day Virtual Writing Retreat

Monday, August 15th to Friday, August 19th — 4:00pm to 6:30pm ET Daily

The best breakthroughs often happen through a short period of intense study. This is especially true if you have the guidance of an expert who can help you move in the right direction. This five-day workshop is for writers who want to spend a focused week studying the art of the short story with a small group of writers dedicated to their craft.

As Mary Oliver says:

“The best thing about workshops is that people learn there that they can change, that they can write better and differently from what they had always thought themselves capable of… It is a great pleasure to see people surpass what they thought was the measure of their ability.”

During this workshop, participants will spend a week focused on learning and growing as writers. You'll participate in dynamic discussions about your own writing, and hone your knowledge of craft by contributing to discussions about others' work. These discussions will offer valuable lessons on writing and editing. You’ll integrate what you learn by completing daily in-class exercises designed to help you generate seeds for new writing.

You will also get two rounds of detailed, written feedback from Daisuke Shen on your work, including a list of publishers who might be a good fit for your writing.

The workshop includes:

  • Five days of two-hour workshops with a small group of writers
  • Daily writing exercises
  • Daily lectures on craft
  • Personal feedback on your writing from Daisuke Shen
  • A list of publishers who may be a good fit for your short story
  • Access to live office hours with all of our instructors, even after the workshop is complete

Please note, this short story workshop will be strictly limited to just ten students. No exceptions.

If you are interested in joining us, you are encouraged to enroll right away.


This will be a live workshop, with daily meetings held online, via Zoom. The workshop will take place from 4pm to 6:30pm ET each day. The workshop starts on Monday, August 15th and concludes on Friday, August 19th.

Enroll now.

This workshop is strictly limited to 10 students.
Early Bird Tuition is available until August 8th.

What Daisuke Shen's Students Have to Say

“Daisuke is a wonderful caring teacher, full of love and encouragement… The edits on my work were absolutely wonderful and to the point. I loved the edits, and the direction they gave me to expand the piece. ”

Radhika Iyer

“As for Daisuke, I can't sing their praises loud enough! The amount of editing they did to my work showed that they wanted to provide feedback, would not be content with a brief and cursory glance, and truly wanted to make me feel as if they had fully read and thought about what I wrote. Definitely what I hoped to see in an editor and I was not disappointed.”

Andrew Long

“Thank you Daisuke for your patient and encouraging way of teaching. I can tell you really care about your students' progress and I loved reading all of your thoughtful comments in the discussion. ”

Kate Grono

Personal Feedback On Your Writing

Every student will receive in-depth personal feedback from Daisuke Shen, as well as collaborative feedback from your follow students in the workshop. Before the workshop, you will be asked to submit one piece, up to 2,500 words.

You will get written feedback from Daisuke on your initial work. You will also be given an additional round of feedback, on revisions or a new piece. The second round of feedback will include a list of publishers who may be a good fit for your writing.

Due to the nature of this course, enrollment is strictly limited to ten students.

About Daisuke Shen

Daisuke Shen is a writer, editor and teacher whose work has been published in numerous literary journals. In addition to working for Lookout Books, as well as The Asian American Literary review, Daisuke has taught creative writing at the university level.

Daisuke is currently represented by Michael Mungiello at Inkwell Management, and has been published in a wide variety of literary journals and online publications, including Autostraddle, SouthWest Review, Maudlin House, Hobart After Dark, Joyland Magazine, The Asian American Literary Review, and more.

As a teacher, Daisuke is known for the care and compassion given to students, in addition to their skilled insight into the craft of writing. 

Daisuke holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.


  • What is the course schedule?

    This will be a live course, held via Zoom. It will meet at 4 to 6:30 pm ET daily, starting on Monday, August 15th and concluding on Friday, August 19th.

  • How much writing can I submit for feedback?

    During the workshop, each student will get a round of feedback on their writing, as part of the workshop. This can be up to 2,500 words. Daisuke will give written feedback on this piece, as well as an additional round of feedback on edits, or on a new piece.

  • Why is the workshop limited to 10 participants?

    Each participant in this course will get individual, in-depth, feedback in a collaborative and supportive environment. To make this possible, and to make sure each student gets the attention they need during the five day workshop, there is only room for ten participants.