From Flash Fiction, to Longer Tales
This four-session introduction to writing the modern short story will cover the elements that make up an effective story, including character development, plot, dialogues, and editing for publication. The theme for this class will be stories about travel, however the participants wish to interpret ‘travel” in these unusual times. We will start with flash/micro fiction (very short stories, typically of hundred words or less) and work towards writing longer stories of around two thousand words or more.
Participants will learn:
1) The basic skills to tell a better story, including working on plot, character, point of view, setting, and dialogues.
2) Strategies for getting started and writing effective beginnings and endings.
3) How to give feedback in a writing workshop and learn from the mistakes most beginners make.
Participants will read:
1) Two examples of a published short story for each meeting.
2) Brief manuscripts written by fellow students and discussed in a workshop setting.
Writers will be expected to be active in discussions and begin at least one short story in the four weeks of meetings. Reading assignments will primarily be short stories, but may also include other relevant materials.