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Intro to the Short Story

Introductory | “Where does one begin?” asks Amy Hempel in an essay on short stories. Her answer: “With obsession and nerve and ground worth reporting on.” This six-week online introduction lays down a few simple but fundamental craft concepts for writing short stories. Students will generate and workshop new work while we discuss passages from Hempel, Denis Johnson, Sandra Cisneros, and Jamaica Kincaid. Students should be willing to risk vulnerability and intimacy.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Jeff Bender

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2020

Start Date: 10/13/2020

End Date: 11/17/2020

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jeff Bender

Jeff Bender is a graduate of Columbia's MFA program and winner of Hugo House's New Works Competition. His fiction and humor have appeared in McSweeney's, Electric Literature, The Iowa Review, Guernica, Points in Case, Slackjaw, and Little Old Lady Comedy.

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