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FICT 200 W — Short Story Intensive: Taking Our Stories to the Next Level

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Dec 9
Drop Deadline: Oct 4
Unit(s): 3 Units
Tuition: $860
Limit: 15
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of Thanksgiving
Sep 26—Dec 9
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 4
3 Units
Please Note: No class the week of Thanksgiving
Interested students must join the wait list, and if eligible for the course, will be emailed a link allowing them to complete registration online. This course offers an intensive workshop experience for students who have taken one or more online short story courses with Stanford Continuing Studies.

How can we make our fiction deeper, richer, more compelling, and more textured? How can we find the inspiration to keep working on our short stories? In this advanced short story course, we will continue the journey each writer began in previous online Continuing Studies courses on writing the short story. Students will workshop and revise a short story. Although craft topics will be suggested based on student work, they will include deepened explorations of point of view, dialogue, detail, characterization, the importance of place, and “hot spots” where the writer might slow down and develop the story further. Revision will be part of our practice. In short, we will use our writer’s toolbox to bring out the greatest potential in our stories, looking for those areas of possibility as we persist and forge ahead to make our work the best it can be. Course readings will include work by Lucia Berlin, Dagoberto Gilb, Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Díaz, Anton Chekhov, and Grace Paley, among others. By the end of the course, you will have learned how to take a piece of writing to the next level, creating a story that engages the reader with your best material.

Although the time commitment for this course is dependent upon one’s degree of participation, students should plan on investing four to six hours per week in order to participate at a substantial level.

Matthew Iribarne, Author

Matthew Iribarne is the author of Astronauts: And Other Stories. He received the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award, the Sewanee Walter E. Dakin Fellowship, and the Nelson Algren Literary Award. He has taught in writing programs at UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State, and California College of the Arts. He received an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Sarah Stone and Ron Nyren, Deepening Fiction, 1st Edition (ISBN 0-32119537)
(Required) Lex Wiliford, Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: 50 North American Stories Since 1970, 2nd Edition (ISBN 1416532277)