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

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Dec 8
Drop Deadline: Sep 28
Units: 3
Tuition: $880
Instructor(s): Matthew Iribarne
Limit: 15
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 20. Update: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/28 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 10/3 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Fall
Date(s)
Sep 25—Dec 8
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 28
3 Units
Fees
$880
Instructor(s):
Matthew Iribarne
Limit
15
Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 20. Update: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/28 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 10/3 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Please note: This online course offers an intensive workshop experience for students who have taken one or more short story courses with Stanford Continuing Studies. Interested students must add themselves to the wait list , and if eligible for the course, will be emailed instructions to enroll.

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.

This online course offers an intensive workshop experience for students who have taken one or more short story courses with Stanford Continuing Studies or elsewhere.

Matthew Iribarne, Author

Matthew Iribarne is the author of Astronauts: and Other Stories. He has 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, SF State, and California College of the Arts. He received an MFA in fiction from SF State.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Sarah Stone and Ron Nyren, Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers (ISBN 978-0321195371)
(Required) Edited by Lex Williford and Michael Martone , The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction (2nd Edition) (ISBN 978-1416532279)
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