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VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom).
A Second section of Brevity will take place on April 18, 2020 from 2 – 5 p.m.
All Levels | A sustained argument for the excitement and urgency of literary brevity in a hyper-digital, post-religious age; a rally for compression, concision, and velocity; and a meditation on the brevity of human existence. In this course, we will read several very brief essays and stories. Students will use these exemplary works as models for their own extremely short writing assignments (around 300 words). Students should come to see brevity as a crucial gesture in a digital age; use these assignments as a way to understand the principles of effective literary composition; and explore how short pieces can become building blocks for longer works.
David Shields is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including How Literature Saved My Life; Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of the year by more than thirty publications); The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead; Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award); Remote (winner of the PEN/Revson Award); and Salinger (co-written by Shane Salerno).