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Life Is Short—Art Is Shorter

An intensive course emphasizing the importance and excitement—in contemporary writing—of compression, concision, and velocity. You will read several exemplary mini-essays and short-short-stories, then write and read aloud your own (1000-1500-word) attempt to the class. Your fellow students will offer a critique of the piece. The course is an immersion in brevity but also in the larger principles of prose composition (such as tone, tension, motif, metaphor, reprise, structure, closure); how to build a series of seemingly disconnected prose passages into a larger whole; and how and where to publish both very brief work and book-length collage.

This class is full. Please sign up for the waitlist in case of cancellations and to help us gauge demand for this class format.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: David Shields

Start Date: 06/16/2014

Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 16

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David Shields

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).

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