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Short-story writing requires a certain skill set that involves the art of economy; that is to say, the ability to present a miniature world in as compressed a space as possible, with, unlike the novel, one single plot. Once properly mastered the short story is an excellent training ground for an aspiring novelist—appreciating the importance of each word, and helping with the complexities of multiple plots and subplots. This course will seek to examine short story construction overall: how information is conveyed, how conflicts are presented, when the climax occurs, and briefly, how the characters, dialogue, mood and style all contribute to a successful short story.
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.
Sharon Leach was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, and attended the University of the West Indies. She is a journalist, author, essayist and editor of Bookends, the Jamaica Observer’s weekly literary arts magazine. Her short fiction has appeared in Kunapipi, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Iron Balloons: Fiction from Jamaica’s Calabash Writer’s Workshop, Blue Latitudes: An Anthology of Caribbean Women Fiction Writers, the Jamaica Journal, Caribbean Writing Today, Calabash: A Journal of Arts and Letters, AfroBeat journal, and most recently in Pepperpot: Best New Stories From the Caribbean. Her essays have appeared in Air Jamaica’s Skywritings magazine and The Caribbean Voice newspaper. In 2011, she was awarded the Musgrave Bronze Medal from the Council of the Institute of Jamaica for distinguished eminence in the field of Literature.
She has read at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest 2012 in Trinidad and in 2014, the PEN America World Voices Festival in New York. In August 2015, she was guest mentor for the Drawing Room Project’s Summer Fiction Workshop.
In February 2015, Love It When You Come was shortlisted for the Grand Prix littéraire at the 4th congress of the Association of Caribbean Writers (ACW) in Gosier, Guadeloupe, at the Créole Beach Hotel, from April 15th to 18th, 2015.
In November 2015, Love It When You Come was also shortlisted for the Guyana Prize for Caribbean Literature.
She was also selected to participate on a panel for the Miami Book Fair, located at the Miami Dade College, to read and speak on the topic ‘Not That Caribbean’ in 2015.
Her first book, What You Can’t Tell Him: Stories, a collection of short fiction, was published in 2006 by Star Apple Publishers in Trinidad. Her latest, Love It When You Come, Hate It When You Go, was put out by Peepal Tree Press in 2014.