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Music, Film, Drama and Creative Writing

The Art of the Short Story

July 2018 029

Start date: 14th Jan 2021

Time: 09:30 - 11:30

Cost: £95

Day: Thursday

Duration: 10 weeks

Tutor: Jackie Kirman

Course code: 21SP020

Please contact us for availability

This course is for anyone interested in the history of the modern short story and also anyone who would like to learn a range of writing techniques to use in their own short story writing.

For the first session students will need; pen, paper, 

The course aims to introduce a range of short stories – from 19th century up to the present day. It will also look at different types of short stories, short story writing techniques and how to plot a short story in order to gain a greater understanding of how short stories are written.

The course will cover:

Week 1: Introduction to modern short story. What to look for in a short story. Impressionist’s short story – Herman Melville’s ‘Bartleby the Scrivener.’

Week 2: The event plot story – The Gift of the Magi by O.Henry. Writing techniques for short story writing – story arcs, plot.

Week 3: The Modernist short story: Chekhov – ‘Misery.’ Technique: Character

Week 4: Modernist short story, psycho-analysis of the sub conscious: The Yellow Wall paper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Technique: POV

Week 5: Modernist short story: Kathryn Mansfield – ‘The Fly.’ Technique: Sensory writing.

Week 6: Modernist short story – Epical: James Joyce – The Dead/Araby. Technique: Pace, tone, mood

Week 7: Modernist short story: Ernest Hemingway – Hills Like White Elephants. Technique: Use of language – Show don’t tell, less is more.

Week 8: Postmodern lyrical story: Raymond Carver – Fat. Technique: Structure – character driven

Week 9: Alice Munro: Train. Recap on techniques for short story writing

Week 10: Showtime: Stories are shared within the group

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Jackie Kirman

Jackie Kirman has had a career in teaching, initially in the primary sector, then latterly in Further and Higher education institutions. She has specialized in Child Development and Early Years studies.

More recently she has completed several writing courses including a Postgraduate Creative Writing course at Masters level at York University in which she gained a first qualification. She is a member of the Alpha writer’s group which includes writers from all over the world. As a group they are dedicated to sharing good practice, producing high quality written work covering many different writing genres. Jackie also has her own website on WordPress ( jlk2016@wordpress.com ) where she posts poetry, short stories etc.

Although she is relatively new to the publishing world, she has had several pieces of poetry and short stories published (on-line – Poetry Republic, Bookers Readers corner, and anthologies – Great British Write Off.) She is currently writing a novel and a screen play.

Jackie believes that anyone can write creatively – and that each individual has their own set of unique experiences which can be used to explore the creative writing process. The course will help provide a framework from which to develop these skills.

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