Developing Your Short Fiction - Remote!
In the beginning, there was the short story, and it was good. In this course, you'll learn and practice the tried-and-true elements of fiction—character, plot, dialogue, setting, point of view, details, and structure—with an emphasis on the short story form. As you mine for material, you will explore new possibilities in subject, style, and voice, as well as the potential inherent in suspense and transformation. You’ll also familiarize yourself with revision strategies and best practices. Classes include short lectures and discussions on various elements of craft, writing exercises to sharpen your skills, and workshopping of student work.
The goal is to write and/or revise two complete stories (up to 25 pages each), giving you the momentum you need to continue writing well after the workshop ends. While this course will focus on short stories, it also serves as an introduction to the elements of fiction that every novelist will need to know. You will receive detailed written feedback on your short stories. We will read works from authors such as, but not limited to:Lucia Berlin, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Helen Oyeyemi, Laura van den Berg, Weike Wang, Denis Johnson, Alexander Chee, and Jhumpa Lahiri.
This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.
For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:
Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.
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