It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it – Jack Kerouac
This topic is designed to help students conceptualise, critique, and create short written works. In this two-hour workshop, students will read and analyse a diverse range of short texts and will be encouraged to use them as models for their own creative writing. Students will consider how short narratives are constructed and how they function by examining fundamental building blocks of storytelling like structure, voice, characterisation, setting and genre. Close reading of short stories from national and international markets will help students to understand the cultural contexts in which such fictions are produced. Students will be introduced to the crucial process of refining, revising, and polishing creative work for publication.
This topic aims to broaden students’ appreciation of the short story genre, to encourage students to read some exemplars of the form, and to help them understand the cultural contexts in which such fictions are produced. The short story is particularly appropriate for encouraging comparative analysis between national cultures and periods of literary development.