Creative writing: an introduction to short story writing

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The short story is often described as one of the most satisfying literary genres, both to read and to write. This course encourages students to identify how these stories ‘work’ by considering classic examples which, in each class, illustrate a particular aspect of short story composition. An exchange of ideas and responses between students and tutor enable the student to then put into practice what they have observed in a series of writing challenges, designed to extend their writing skills in this most exciting – and challenging - of genres.

Aims of the course:

  1. To introduce students to the art of short story writing
  2. To foster an understanding of various subgenres of the short story, throu…

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The short story is often described as one of the most satisfying literary genres, both to read and to write. This course encourages students to identify how these stories ‘work’ by considering classic examples which, in each class, illustrate a particular aspect of short story composition. An exchange of ideas and responses between students and tutor enable the student to then put into practice what they have observed in a series of writing challenges, designed to extend their writing skills in this most exciting – and challenging - of genres.

Aims of the course:

  1. To introduce students to the art of short story writing
  2. To foster an understanding of various subgenres of the short story, through guided reading and interpretive commentary
  3. To encourage and guide students' own experiments with the form through practical writing exercises

Course content overview:

  • This course will begin with a consideration of what makes a short story - apart from its length - a distinct genre, introducing the elements which combine to produce the short story's unique effect.
  • Each week will focus on a particular short story (with reference to others) by one of the genre's key exponents, to illustrate developments and variations in the genre. The story will also be used to demonstrate a technical aspect of short story writing.
  • Students will discover how writers achieve certain effects and be encouraged to appropriate and experiment with these techniques in their own original writing.

Schedule:

Induction Week: 22-28 April 2013

Teaching Weeks: 29 April-2 June 2013

Feedback Week: 3-9 June 2013

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A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who contribute constructively to weekly discussions and exercises/assignments for the duration of the course.

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