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Short Story Endings
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With short story writers Randall Brown and Melissa Palladino


If you've ever wondered how to end your short story, this show is for you! 

Randall Brown teaches at Saint Joseph's University. He holds an MFA from Vermont College. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Hunger MountainConnecticut ReviewSaint Ann's ReviewEvansville ReviewLaurel ReviewDalhousie Review, upstreet, and others. He is the author of the award-winning collection Mad to Live (Flume Press, 2008).

Melissa Palladino lives in New England and has been writing fiction for seven years. She came to short stories only recently, and this is where she has picked up speed. Her story, “Spring Cleaning,” which was a published finalist in Inkwell’s annual short story competition, was nominated by them for the 2009 Pushcart Prize. She has also been published online at and was recently longlisted for the Fish Prize.  She is an active workshop participant both in person and online at Zoetrope Virtual Studio and The Fiction Workhouse. In real life she’s a private chef; you can read about her adventures (and misadventures) in cooking at

Please join Randall, Melissa, and Paula B. as they explore the possibilities, including:

  • What sorts of short story endings there are
  • What the pros and cons of each choice are
  • Whether particular types of endings are best suited to certain genres or types of stories
  • What sorts of endings don't work
  • How short story endings differ from those of novels and films
  • How short story endings have changed over time.

Interviewees: Randall Brown and Melissa Palladino
Host: Paula B.
Date: May 25, 2008
Running time: 58:27
File size: 28 megabytes
Rating: G
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