The Great American Short Story

Schools of Public Engagement: Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Great American Short Story

Fall 2019

Taught By: Alexandra Shelley

Section: A

CRN: 2978

Credits: 3

This is a workshop for story writers of all levels. Because the short story is just that--short--every element of this miniature world is crucial. Discussions and writing exercises focus on such aspects of the craft as creating characters who can be picked out of a crowded room, making dialogue sizzle, using settings that appeal to all of the senses, and taking emotional risks. To observe these techniques, each week we look under the hood of a short story by a contemporary writer to see how it operates. Pieces by workshop members are read beforehand by fellow students and the instructor, who offer both written critique and useful class discussion. The goal: writing and honing stories until they work and understanding why they do.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:46am 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 702

Date Range: 8/28/2019 - 12/11/2019