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The American Short Story

An exploration of the short story format.

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This is a 10-week virtual class using the Zoom platform.  

Wednesdays: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16

2:00 - 4:00pm CST

Aside from the reduced time commitment that a short story demands--after all, we should be able to read it in one sitting--what determines its beauty and its merit? How is the art of short fiction demonstrated in and by stories themselves? Who writes them? How long is too long? How short is too short? Join us in an exploration and discussion of the attributes of some of the finest American short stories ever written.

* Please note: people registered for this class will need access to a copy of The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, 2nd ed. 2012, Ed. Joyce Carol Oates. ISBN-10-0199744394, ISBN-13 978-0199744398

Rebecca Chalmers. Rebecca has spent her adult life on the study of literature. A Ph.D. in English (with concentrations in American literature, film studies, and critical theory) led her to a rich and rewarding academic career, the last thirteen years of which were spent with the English program at the University of Mary in Bismarck, and in regular work with the Humanities North Dakota. Currently she resides on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she works as an independent scholar, with occasional university classes, and in freelance editing and writing, all while she continues to pen her own poetry and short stories.


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