The University of the arts

Writing the Short Story
The University of the Arts

CE 9026N 01 Writing the Short Story

CE 9026N 01

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Michael Aronovitz



Summer 2017

  • (Jun. 7 to Jul. 5)
  • Wed 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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  • Tuition: $225 / Fees: $15
In this class, write and edit stories designed to intrigue readers. Work on creating dramatic tension and building your narrative voice. Writers of all levels and experience will learn how to develop fictive ideas, moving from idea generation toward exciting and heartfelt climaxes.

Course Overview

The goal is to either continue or begin publishing your work. Still, writing is more than that. Not only is the process itself ultimately fulfilling, but right here and now we begin to create our own personal community of writers. Out in the “real world,” most of our friends and relatives want to solely read a finished product, and many have little interest in what it took to create it. Here, we build a village of fellow artists who want to talk about mechanics and structure and character and pacing. We want to read the rough stuff and help make it polished. Networking is not “work.” In this class it has already started!

What topics will be covered?

  • Elements of fiction
  • Character
  • Plot Structures
  • Dialogue and Exposition
  • Editing for Sophistication
  • Short Fiction versus the Novel
  • Small Market Presses, Literary Agents and Self-Publishing

What will you do in class?

Readings + Responses
Written Assignments
Critiques -each week we will read each other’s stories in progress and discuss them in depth.

Supplies + Equipment

All you need is a pen and paper. Some students choose to bring a laptop for word processing, if they feel more comfortable. Be prepared to bring enough copies of works in progress for everyone in class.