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Building a Short Story Collection

From James Joyce’s Dubliners to Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women, writers have gathered their short fiction into collections united by place, theme, voice, repeating characters, and even point of view. This course is for students who have written at least one short story or novella and want to write more, with the ultimate goal of combining them into a book. Models of short story collections such as Raymond Carver’s Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? and Ottessa Moshfegh’s Homesick for Another World are discussed in class, in addition to students’ stories. We meet weekly and attend at least one reading, as well as receiving a visit from a guest writer.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of how to gather your short fiction into a collection united by place, theme, voice, repeating characters, or even point of view
  • Familiarity with models of short story collections by masters of the genre

Ideal for

  • Short story writers
  • Writers who have completed at least one short story or novella and want to write more, with the goal of combining them into a book
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