Finding an Effective Story Ending

With Ellen Birkett Morris


In Aristotle’s Poetics, he observed that the best endings are both “surprising, yet inevitable.” We don’t see it coming, but when we read the ending we can’t imagine it could have happened any other way. But crafting the perfect ending for an essay, a short story, or a novel is one of the most challenging aspects of writing.

Often, we struggle with knowing when to end, as much as where to end. Or perhaps we can envision the ending but cannot find the right words to convey that image on paper.

In this session ELLEN BIRKETT MORRIS takes us through some effective stories endings and helps us unpack the journey the writer took and the hints they left along the way that lead us to this powerful dénouement.


CANCELLED. Watch for a new date in 2021!


ELLEN BIRKETT MORRIS is an award-winning writer, teacher and editor based in Louisville, Kentucky. Morris is the author of SURRENDER (Finishing Line Press) and LOST GIRLS (Touch Point Press). Her fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, Antioch Review, Notre Dame Review, and South Carolina Review, among other journals. Her commentaries have been heard on public radio stations across the United States.


To get a taste of Ellen’s work and her expertise in crafting the perfect ending, check out her collection of short stories, Lost Girls (published by TouchPoint Press).

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