Topics in fiction writing with particular concentration on specific forms or other aspects of the genre using readings as models and inspiration. This might include the novella or the short-short story or techniques such as magical realism, meta-fiction, minimalism, etc., depending on the instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 149.
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Fall Semester informationBrenden Willey
302A: Tps:The Long Story
Long stories--alias long short stories--occupy a weird space: too long to sit comfortably in most magazines but too short to be their own books. Ask any reader for her favorite stories, though, and in response you'll likely hear names of long ones: Joyce's "The Dead," Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues," most anything by Alice Munro. We're talking about stories approaching ten thousand words or better, but shorter than a novella. Whereas today you'll hear that three-to-five-thousand words comprises some kind of short story "sweet spot," the history of the form and of which stories people love best tells us otherwise. Many of the greatest stories are simply much, much longer. In this class we'll study some of those long stories, and maybe a few really short ones to throw the long ones into relief. We'll do exercises to help get your stories going, and everyone will write and workshop one complete story long as all get out, but not too long. As our stories keep growing shorter--or as we keep hearing they should--it'll be good for us to stretch, to explore, to go long.