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Decades after Salinger’s incredible Franny and Zooey proved linked tales go beyond the confines of a short story and somewhere different than a novel, collections of connected stories are everywhere. We’ll read, discuss, and write linked short stories, starting with Rebecca Curtis’s “Toast” (Harpers, February 2014) and “The Christmas Miracle” (New Yorker, December 2013), then moving on to two stories from Joan Silber’s recent story collection, Fools. Exercises and prompts will get students thinking and writing in linked stories. Students will leave class with at least one pair of linked tales.
Corinne Manning's fiction has appeared in Story Quarterly, Calyx, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Moss, The Bellingham Review, Southern Humanities Review, and is forthcoming in Wildness from Platypus Press. Additional stories and essays have appeared in Literary Hub, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Drunken Boat, Arts & Letters, anthologized in Shadow Map: An anthology of Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM Press), and have been recognized as notable in The Best American Series. Corinne has received grants and fellowships from 4 Culture, Artist Trust, and the MacDowell Colony and founded The James Franco Review, a project on visibility and reimagining the publishing process.