How to write a Short Story
Start date: 4th Jun 2020
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Duration: 5 weeks
Tutor: Jackie Kirman
Course code: 20SU48
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, laptop if preferred
Additional Costs; Coffee, small printing costs for hard copies of homework
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