Online: Zoom

The End: How Do I Get Out of This Story? (2-part)

2 Fridays from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST), starting July 14th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

While openings are easy to discuss, endings are a bit more challenging, as they require that we be familiar with an entire story. That said, a great ending is where a story can either fizzle or indelibly emblazon itself in our consciousness for the rest of our lives. In this two-part class, we'll examine the endings of stories by writers such as Tobias Wolff, Edward P. Jones, Rebecca Makkai, Erin Somers, Chad M. Anderson, and Ye Chun, as well as some flash fiction pieces, and we will discuss what makes a powerful ending whose impact lingers beyond the final punctuation mark.

In Week 1, participants will focus on the concept of endings with particular attention to some shorter published stories and flash pieces.

In Week 2, we'll discuss some further examples from longer published stories and try out some possible endings for our own work.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. 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!

Scholarship Information

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Tim Horvath
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