ENGLISH 292 - Topics in Language and Literature
Winter 2022, Section 004 - The Art of Flash Fiction: A Mini-Course on Micro Fiction
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Details

Credits:
2
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
Minicourse
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

In the last few years, the very short story has gained popularity around the world. Known in Italy as microstorias, in Denmark as kortprosa, in Germany as Kurzestgeschichten, and in Bulgaria as mikro razkaz, these small tales use moments and details to capture the macro in the micro.

In his introduction to Sudden Fiction International, author Charles Baxter describes these short-short stories as existing “between poetry and fiction, the story and the sketch, prophecy and reminiscence.” But what makes a successful short-short? How do you tell the difference between an anecdote and a tale? How do you capture a place or a person with just a few lines? More important, how do you give your story meaning and emotion, narrative and suspense, in only a few pages?

This class will explore the world of flash fiction by reading short-short stories from around the globe, discussing the styles and techniques of different authors to help you find your individual voice as a writer. Whether you’re interested in the real or the surreal, the humorous or the serious, this course will teach you the fundamentals of great fiction and help fine-tune your skills as a writer. We’ll do so through a wide range of methods, including readings, discussions, in-class exercises, reading responses, outside writing, and workshops. Whether you’re passionate about writing and literature already or you’re just becoming interested in fiction, this class will nurture your skills as a reader and a writer. The only requirement is curiosity and a willingness to learn.

Course Requirements:

Primary readings will be selected from Short-Form Creative Writing, edited by H.K. Hummel and Stephanie Lenox. Additional readings provided via instructor on Canvas.

Class Format:

A note on format: this class will be remote, though most of the sessions will be synchronous “live” discussions. There will also be some asynchronous elements for flexibility. However, you will need to be available during our scheduled days and times. 

Schedule

ENGLISH 292 - Topics in Language and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
24278
Open
7
 
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MW 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets 01/05/2022-02/22/2022 (Drop/Add Deadline: 01/18/22)
002 (LEC)
 In Person
30078
Closed
0
 
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MW 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets 03/07/2022-04/19/2022 (Drop/Add Deadline: 03/21/22)
003 (LEC)
  Hybrid
35310
Closed
0
 
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Th 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: -
004 (LEC)
 Online
37348
Closed
0
 
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MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Meets 01/05/2022-02/22/2022 (Drop/Add Deadline: 01/18/22)
005 (LEC)
 Online
37349
Closed
0
 
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MW 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Meets 03/07/2022-04/19/2022 (Drop/Add Deadline: 03/21/22)
006 (LEC)
 Online
37529
Open
5
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Meets 01/05/2022-02/22/2022 (Drop/Add Deadline: 01/18/22)
007 (LEC)
 Online
37530
Open
8
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Meets 03/07/2022-04/19/2022 (Drop/Add Deadline: 03/21/22)
008 (LEC)
 Online
42086
Closed
0
 
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MW 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets 03/07/2022-04/19/2022 (Drop/Add Deadline: 03/21/22)

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