Poetics of the Short-Short|
Spring 2014 not offered
This course investigates the genre of the modern short-short story, stories less than 1,000 words, a playful, provocative form that exploded during the 20th century and continues to be a vehicle for unique approaches to form, style, and narrative. Students will try their hand at their own short-shorts. Through discussions of the reading, craft studies, analytic papers, creative exercises, and comparative studies, students will develop their own ideas about the work.
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Readings will include several books of short-shorts, including Trout-Fishing in America, by Richard Brautigan, Collect Stories, by Franz Kafka, among others.
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Several short creative assignments. One long project.
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Students must also make every effort to attend 3 events per semester with visiting writers (Q & A sessions at 4:15 on Wednesday afternoons; readings at 8:00 p.m.).
To apply to this course, please submit 5 double-spaced pages of prose (preferably fiction). Please also submit a cover page in two sections: 1) your name, email address, year in school, major (if any), some of your favorite writers and any other influences; 2) a short biographical statement (a paragraph) describing your interest in the class; 3) if you are applying to more than one upper-level creative writing course, you must indicate your order of preference.
The application deadline is Monday, November 5 at 9 a.m. Please submit your materials electronically in a single attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use either Microsoft Word or rich-text-format for your attachment. You will be notified electronically of the status of your application by the end of preregistration.
Students may not take this course and another creative writing workshop concurrently.
This course contributes to the English major Theory and Literary Forms concentration and the Creative Writing concentration.
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