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FICT 28 W — Writing Short Stories for Publication

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Mar 23
Drop Deadline: Jan 19
Units: 3
Tuition: $880
Instructor(s): Stacey Swann
Limit: 17
Status: Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 1/19 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 1/24 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Winter
Date(s)
Jan 16—Mar 23
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 19
3 Units
Fees
$880
Instructor(s):
Stacey Swann
Limit
17
Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 1/19 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 1/24 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Do you write short fiction but are unsure what to do with your completed work? Or do you have story drafts but are unable to move them toward completion? This course combines thoughtful discussion of student fiction with an insider’s look at the submission process of literary journals. We will read work from the most recent Best American Short Stories anthology with an eye to improving technique as well as getting a sense of the current market landscape. Each week we’ll tackle writing assignments that target specific craft elements, using that knowledge to make our own work stand out in the submission queue. In the second half of this course, students will submit stories for constructive critique geared toward helping them along the path to publication. We will also discuss the practical side of submission: matching your work with journals that fit your aesthetic, writing a cover letter, and avoiding common mistakes of beginning submitters. Whether you’re just starting out or you already have a stack of manuscripts in your drawer, this course can help move your writing to the next level.

Stacey Swann, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford; Former William Chace Lecturer in Continuing Studies

Stacey Swann’s work has appeared in Covered with Fur, NER Digital, EPOCH, Versal, Memorious, Freight Stories, The Good Men Project, and The Saint Ann’s Review. Her short story collection, The Dead Zoo, was a finalist for the 2010 Bakeless Literary Publication Prize. She was formerly the editor of the literary quarterly American Short Fiction and is now a contributing editor. Swann received an MFA from Texas State.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) edited by Meg Wolitzer, The Best American Short Stories 2017 (ISBN 9780544582903)
(Required) John Dufresne, The Lie That Tells A Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction (ISBN 9780393325812)
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