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Creative writing: an introduction to short story writing

his course encourages students to identify how these stories ‘work’ by considering classic examples which, in each class, illustrate a particular aspect of short story composition
Cory Saarinen, eLearning Team,Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, Madingley Cambridge CB23 8AQ,onlinecourses@ice.cam.ac.uk
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Course at a Glance

Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)

Domain / Subject : Humanities

Function : General

Trainer name : Dr Sarah Burton

Starts on : 5th Jan 2015

Duration : 7 Weeks

Difficulty : Advanced

Creative writing: an introduction to short story writing

The short story is often described as one of the most satisfying literary genres, both to read and to write. This course encourages students to identify how these stories ‘work’ by considering classic examples which, in each class, illustrate a particular aspect of short story composition. An exchange of ideas and responses between students and tutor enable the student to then put into practice what they have observed in a series of writing challenges, designed to extend their writing skills in this most exciting – and challenging - of genres.

Given the nature of creative writing, it is important that applicants' use of English is sufficiently fluent to be able to understand in English nuances of meaning and have a familiarity with the structure and grammar of English.

Aims of the course:
To introduce students to the art of short story writing
To foster an understanding of various subgenres of the short story, through guided reading and interpretive commentary
To encourage and guide students' own experiments with the form through practical writing exercises

Course content overview:
This course will begin with a consideration of what makes a short story - apart from its length - a distinct genre, introducing the elements which combine to produce the short story's unique effect.
Each week will focus on a particular short story (with reference to others) by one of the genre's key exponents, to illustrate developments and variations in the genre. The story will also be used to demonstrate a technical aspect of short story writing.
Students will discover how writers achieve certain effects and be encouraged to appropriate and experiment with these techniques in their own original writing.

Schedule (this course is completed entirely online):

  • Orientation Week: 5-11 January 2015
  • Teaching Weeks: 12 January-15 February 2015
  • Feedback Week: 16-22 February 2015

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