Insert Short Story Here


[Beginning in media res in mother’s house.]

[Sufficiently dramatic exposition with an obvious, planted echo to the story’s climax.]

Story in need of kindling? Take a gander at this short story template from McSweeney’s. Use it as a guide—

—Ok. Fine, it may be more along the lines of what not to do. Still may be a useful guide.

Casey Dayan is a Rumpus intern and musician. He is finishing up his undergraduate studies in literature and anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he is working on a memoir and trying to one-up Jeff Buckley. Find his twitter here, @caseydayan. Find his band, “Moo,” here. More from this author →