Writing the Great American Short Story
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A pair of hands on the keyboard, a blank screen, and a single wish: You want to write the Great American Short Story! You've read many of them -- Poe's "Black Cat," Cheever's "Enormous Radio," Welty's "The Worn Path" -- but have you come close to writing a tale that lingers with readers after the last page is turned?
In this class, you will gain the inspiration and the discipline to write a short story of 1000 to 8000 words. We will use examples from all genres, exploring the techniques of plot, style, flow, voice and tone that will make your fiction sing. This close reading of master works is accompanied by tried and true methods for putting words on the page, revising, and handling criticism from others. One thing's for sure: Your stories are ready to tell themselves to you. And, if all goes well enough, they'll tell themselves to the world as well. So, are you ready to start writing?
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- 6 Months to Complete
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Lesson 1: The Short Story Landscape in AmericaWho reads short stories in America? Who writes them? Who will read your story?
Lesson 2: Answering to the MuseBefore you can begin writing a story, you need to know what story you will write. In this lesson, we'll consider how a short story is born.
Lesson 3: Developing a Main CharacterWho is your hero, and why? The hero or heroine of your story is the person the reader must become as the story progresses.
Lesson 4: Telling the Story: Structure & PlotIn this lesson, we're focusing on plot, story structure, narrative -- whatever you choose to call the act of telling the story.
Lesson 5: Styling the Words You WriteIn fiction writing, differences in style and language distinguish writers from each other.
Lesson 6: End Your Story Like a MasterBrilliant conclusions are definitely possible.
Lesson 7: Revising Your WritingHow long is your work a work-in-progress?
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Course Title: Writing the Great American Short StoryCourse Number: 7550279Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countriesCourse Type: College LevelCEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earnedAssessment Method: Lesson assignments and review examsCourse URL: shortstorywriting.onlineclasses.comInstructor: Melissa BehrendSyllabus: View SyllabusDuration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!Requirements: View Technical RequirementsCourse Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00
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Learning OutcomesBy successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Summarize the short story landscape in America.
- Describe developing a main character.
- Summarize telling the story.
- Describe styling the words you write.
- Summarize ending your story like a master.
- Revise and edit the story, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Assignment 1 Assignment 5 Assignment 1A: Class Forum Postings Assignment 5 The Short Story Landscape Exam 10 Assignment 2: Write the First Page of Your Story Assignment 10 Answering to the Muse Exam 10 Assignment 3: Character Profile Worksheet Assignment 5 Developing a Main Character Exam 10 Telling the Story: Structure & Plot Exam 9 Styling the Words You Write Exam 10 Assignment 4: Finish Your Short Story Assignment 30 End Your Story Like a Master Exam 10 Revising Your Writing Exam 10 Total Points: 124
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