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Intermediate/Advanced | Many of the best short stories convey the wholeness and richness of a character’s entire life in only a handful of pages. How? We’ll examine five example stories with narrative arcs that span their character’s life, specifically considering how these stories’ authors use precision in language and pattern in structure, and “turn” rather than “close” to achieve the kind of complexity and fullness often attributed only to longer works. Writing exercises will also be offered as a way for class participants to experiment with their own fiction. Participants should come to class having read all five example stories.
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.
Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of three collections of short fiction, most recently What We Do With the Wreckage, which won the 2017 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by UGA Press in 2018. Her earlier collections are Swimming With Strangers (Chronicle, 2008) and This Life She's Chosen (Chronicle, 2005). Her short fiction has been published in Ploughshares, McSweeney's, One Story, and North American Review, among other journals, and she has been the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize. Kirsten teaches fiction writing at Hugo House and 9th-12th grade English at a small independent school near Seattle.