The Great American Short Story
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Writing
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3327
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
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.