Ian S. Sherman
Introduction to the theory and practice of writing the short story.
For SUMMER 2003: This course introduces and provides practice in the elements of short literary fiction, including (but not limited to) imagery, characterization, setting, plot, etc. In-class assignments will consist of the discussion of contemporary short stories in terms of craft, short writing exercises, and workshopping of student pieces.
Please Note: Due to Summer Quarter's brevity and the compacted workshopping schedule for this course, no add codes will be distributed.
The main goal in the introduction of the elements of a short story shall not be the provision of predictable models, so much as it shall be exposure to the wide variety of approaches contemporary writers have taken. In-class time will heavily emphasize discussion, rather lecture. Student contribution to the course is an essential element to its success.
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