In this workshop, award-winning author and book publicist Caitlin Hamilton Summie shares the key elements to developing a successful short story, such as defining the conflict and writing a satisfying ending, avoiding common writing tics, and character development. Participants will study parts of published stories to look at how other authors have shaped their stories, work on craft exercises, and depending on class size, may share their writing.
Caitlin Hamilton Summie is the former Marketing Director of MacMurray & Beck and of BlueHen Books/Penguin Putnam. At each company she also managed imprint profile and directed all publicity, hardcover & paperback. In addition, for nearly two years she simultaneously directed and handled sales nationwide for MacMurray & Beck.
In 2003, she founded Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, LLC, an independent book publicity and marketing firm. In 2010, her husband, Rick, became a partner. They work in fiction, mystery, memoir, children’s books, and history and are best known for tailored approaches, passionate advocacy, and limiting client load to ensure maximum attention. Over the course of her career, in-house and solo, she has launched Susan Vreeland, Emily St. John Mandel, William Gay, Kim Church, Bren McClain, and many more.
Hamilton Summie wrote book reviews for The Rocky Mountain News, author profiles for ABA’s Bookselling This Week, and has published both short stories and poems. In August 2017, she published a short story collection, To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts (Fomite Press), to excellent reviews nationwide. To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts won The Phillip H. McMath Post-Publication Book Award, won Silver in the Foreword INDIES Books of the Year Awards in Short Stories, was a June 2018 Pulpwood Queen Book Club Bonus Book, and was selected for 35 Over 35’s Annual List, 2017.
Hamilton Summie is a former independent bookseller who earned her degrees at Smith College and Colorado State University, where she was awarded an MFA with Distinction.
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. All proceeds benefit New Kids on the Books Literacy Project.