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This course in writing the short story combines brief lectures on craft with skill-building exercises and supportive workshop critiques. Students will be encouraged to complete a short story during the class, plus various other writing assignments to build their skills. Discussion topics include narrative structure and technique, the time frame in short fiction, point-of-view, character-based plotting, character development, conflict and complication, thematic elements, and effective dialogue. Instruction emphasizes shaping and revising short fiction, achieving economy and focus, developing voice, and controlling tone and diction. There will be some discussion of how to build discipline as a writer, and about the basics of submitting short fiction for publication. Open to writers at all levels.

Course Number: WCWP-40048
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Creative Writing

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