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FICT 128 W — Short Story Writing: Discovering the Material to Write Compelling Stories

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jun 25—Aug 31
Drop Deadline: Jun 28
Units: 3
Tuition: $880
Instructor(s): Angela Pneuman
Limit: 17
Status: Registration opens on 05/29/2018
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 6/28 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 7/3 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Summer
Date(s)
Jun 25—Aug 31
10 weeks
Drop By
Jun 28
3 Units
Fees
$880
Instructor(s):
Angela Pneuman
Limit
17
Registration opens on 05/29/2018
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 6/28 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 7/3 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Flannery O’Connor says that those who survive to the age of fifteen have enough material to write interesting stories for the rest of their life. Learning how to identify your own material—ideas, memories, events real and imagined, unforgettable characters, and much more—is both satisfying and challenging. Turning this rich content into compelling stories means figuring out what makes stories work and how to manage elements of fiction like point of view, dialogue, setting, and plot. We will read masterful short stories from O’Connor, Stuart Dybek, Tobias Wolff, Kelly Link, ZZ Packer, Mary Gaitskill, and George Saunders, as well as selected essays and interviews to find out what these authors have to say about where their stories come from. Short (one- to two-page) writing assignments will help you dive into your own discovery process and practice working with the elements of storytelling. Writing assignments, class discussion, and instructor feedback will help you develop a fulllength story or part of a story for a class workshop that includes peer and instructor feedback. This course is suitable for beginning and intermediate writers interested in short stories.

Angela Pneuman, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Angela Pneuman is the author of the novel Lay It on My Heart and the short story collection Home Remedies. Her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Iowa Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and the Los Angeles Review, and she is a contributor to Salon, The Believer, and The Rumpus. She received an MFA in writing from Indiana University and a PhD in English from SUNY Albany.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Tom Perotta, ed, Best American Short Stories 2012 (ISBN 0547242107)
(Required) Ben Marcus, ed, The Anchor Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (ISBN 1400034825)
(Required) Stephen Koch, Modern Library Writers Workshop (ISBN 0375755586)
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