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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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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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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 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|
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