The Art of the Short Story Cycle - Remote!

Saturday, May 15th, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST)
GrubStreet HQ (Remote)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
13 seats max
Only 1 spot left!

Are you writing a collection of linked stories? Curious about the form? The short story cycle, or linked collection, has a long literary tradition. In this generative fiction writing class, we’ll look at several linked story collections (works by Alice Munro, Elizabeth Strout, Tim O’Brien, Jamie Quatro) to explore what the form really is and how it can best be organized. Then we’ll work on building our own frames through writing exercises. We’ll explore grouping around place, around character, around theme, and around event. We’ll look at using thematic repetition of landscape and objects to maximize emotional impact. We’ll explore long and short timeframes in linked collections – how does one approach writing a multi-generational linked cycle versus a cycles of stories that occurs in a day. Lastly, we’ll focus on the importance of plot: how throughlines, short lines of tension, and long lines of tension function in both individual stories in through a linked collection.

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:

Scholarship Information

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