Alice Munro says, "A short story is not like a road...it's more like a house." Do you want to write a short story, but you're not sure where to start? Or how to finish? In this craft-focused course we will write a short story from start to finish by studying the architectures of great short stories by authors like Alice Munro, Edward P. Jones, Frederick Busch, Lesley Arimah, and others. We will read short stories and dissect how they are constructed to determine how writers make their careful choices, and to what effect. Each week, we will focus on specific craft elements centered around form: plot, scene, and story shape. Along the way, targeted writing exercises will aid us in our efforts, as we share and critique one another's writing. By the fifth week, we will have a first draft to critique and revise.
NOTE: To protect everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, we're offering our workshops via Zoom. All students must first sign up for a free Zoom account. Setting it up is easy. And we can help you with questions, if needed. For each class, you'll receive a Zoom "invitation," from the instructor. Click the link...follow the simple directions about the settings for your microphone and in-computer video, and you're immediately in the "room" for the workshop. For critique workshops, instructors will communicate with students about the process of sharing work. For more generative workshops, students will be writing together while on Zoom.