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Advanced Short Stories
Instructor: Stacia Ann (Stacia Ann)
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Start Date: Monday, August 7th, 2017
Duration: Four Weeks
Class Size: 7 Students
Seats Left: 7

This class will be structured around reading, writing, and discussion of reading and writing. To that end, each week we will read at least one exemplary story, additional readings/lectures on some element of the story, such as the voice or point of view, and a writing exercise to practice that story element and take us toward the completion of at least one story. We will have also at least two chats a week focused on that week's work. Finally, we will throughout the class discuss presenting and marketing our work for publication.

Week One
Review of issues of POV, character and protagonist, plot, setting, theme.
More advanced issues:
POV: conventional and unconventional POVs
Reading 1: Story 1 with focus on POV/additional reading(s) on POV
Writing 1: establish your story's POV and write story beginning

Week 2
Voice: define and discuss voice, the typical "sound" of the narrative voice: its word choices, dialect, obsessions, etc. Discuss unreliable narrator
Reading 2: Story 2 with focus on voice, additional reading(s) on voice
Writing 2: Continue progress on story, focusing on developing a strong narrative voice

Week 3
Plot: traditional vs. nontraditional plot structure, linear vs. nonlinear, "circular," use of flashbacks and backstory
Reading 3: Story 3, with a focus on plot structure, additional readings on plot
Writing 3: Continue story, focusing on plot issues

Week 4
Setting: Setting, the story "universe," as reflection of narrator worldview; connecting all of the story elements to one theme, one statement
Reading 4: Story 4 with a focus on setting, additional readings on setting
Writing 4: Finish story, focusing on setting and one overarching theme


Instructor: Stacia Ann
About The Instructor: Stacia Ann is an Linguistics Lecturer and Writing Instructor at the University of California. She has a doctorate of Education, Master's of Art in English/TESOL. This instructor has taught writing classes for over ten years. She also teaches academic writing and English as a Second Language at the University of the Pacific. A published author including works of short fiction and academic nonfiction including contest winning stories.

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