ClassAspects of Craft: Short Fiction
In this class, we will demystify the often-mysterious process of writing good short stories. We will break down stories into their individual elements—character, plot, point-of-view, setting—and examine how each piece works to create a rich, complete story.
Through readings, writing exercises, and in-class discussions, we will look at the big, primal questions that drive stories—Who are these characters? What do they want?—but we will also look at the smaller, more technical aspects of writing, right down to how to craft good, strong sentences. All of this will bring us to the ultimate goal of the class: students writing their own stories. Students will receive feedback on their work as, step by step, they craft a short story.
At the end of the class, students will have an opportunity to Zoom one-on-one with the instructor to discuss their story. This class is intended for people who have always wanted to write a short story but didn’t quite know how to start, or for more experienced writers looking for a refresher on the basics. Let’s write!
(Please obtain a copy of The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: 50 North American Stories Since 1970, edited by Lex Williford and Michael Martone, 2nd edition, and read the story “A Temporary Matter” by Jhumpa Lahiri before the first class.)
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Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at email@example.com or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.