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Writing and Reading Short Stories

Hand-drawn diagram outlining a plan for a short story.

Planning diagram for a short story. (Image courtesy of Simon Scott.)


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As Taught In

Fall 2006



Course Features

Course Description

This class will focus on the craft of the short story, which we will explore through reading great short stories, writers speaking about writing, writing exercises and conducting workshops on original stories.