When Canadian author Alice Munro was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, it only cemented what many readers and writers already know: the short story is alive and well.
This course is designed for motivated writers interested in developing their short fiction within a supportive and instructive context. Whether you're a novice writer or a more established writer seeking a structured environment in which to kickstart a stalled project, this course will provide you with opportunities both to produce new work and to improve existing drafts.
Classes will include discussions of craft based on exemplary short works, reading and writing exercises, and the exchange of thoughtful critique of each other's work.
- Beginnings and endings
- Action and plot
- Conflict and desire
- Voice and point of view
- Publishing and the writing life
Participants who complete the course will learn to:
- Establish and maintain a regular writing regimen
- Develop a critical sense of what makes a successful short story
- Generate and develop ideas, characters, and settings
- Develop a productive approach to revision
- Give and receive constructive feedback on works-in-progress
- Complete a short story
- Prepare to submit a short story for publication