In this eight week course a professional short story writer will guide students through the fundamentals of writing a short story by reading published examples and creating their own work. Students will consider what a story needs and explore the specific technical aspects of short-story writing.
In this course students produce a final portfolio of two revised short stories. If writing is something you have been thinking about, but never seem to get around to, you will come out of this course with a body of work you can be proud of! If it sounds daunting don't worry. The Short Story course will give you many opportunities to practice. The instructor will be there to help and support you. Students develop confidence by sharing their work through the practice of workshopping throughout the course. You won’t be alone!
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Read and respond to a variety reading from published authors in the short story genre assessing current trends and historical development of the short story.
- Identify and discuss elements of the short story including scene and summary, dramatic arc, point of view, character, and setting.
- Practice techniques for writing strong prose and convincing dialogue by completing writing exercises in a personal writing journal
- Receive and give feedback through the practice of “workshopping”.
- Identify the importance of revision in producing publishable work.
- Demonstrate the use of short story styles and techniques in your own writing by creating and revising two short stories.
- What a Story Needs
- The Art of the Sentence
- The Difference between Scene and Summary
- Writing effective Dialogue
- Structure – The Hero’s Journey
- Point of View, Character, and Voice
- Short-story Genres including autobiographical and surrealist fiction
- Publishing Short Stories in Canada
Additional RequirementsThis course is available to everyone, there are no prerequisites. It counts as an elective course in the Creative Writing Certificate.
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Please note that assessment items and item weights are subject to change.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Creative Writing Certificate : Electives