Writing the World: the international art of the short story
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLT234
Duration: 4 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online literature course is about the diversity of world literature and the short story form. Over the course of the four weeks, you will be reading eighteen short stories – nine very short short stories in the first week, and three a week after that.
Each week will focus on a different theme: ‘the art of brevity’ in the first week, ‘writing the surreal’ in the second week, ‘writing humour’ in the third week and ‘writing age’ in the final week. Through whole class and group discussions, you will be encouraged to explore setting, structure, characterisation, cultural contexts and language. Each person’s individual response to the stories will shape our readings of them, enabling us to consider and appreciate alternative readings.
Woody River has fifteen years of experience teaching literature, language, creative writing and academic writing. She has worked within secondary, further, higher and community education. With a First Class BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing, as well as an MA in Creative Writing, Woody has a vast knowledge of British and international literature across different genres and forms and is particularly interested in European and Japanese literature. Having travelled prolifically and lived in China, Togo and Hungary, her literature courses celebrate the diversity of literature from around the world, encouraging students to consider texts within their historical, cultural, racial, geographical and literary contexts.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
This course isn't based around particular topics, but is a journey through short stories, selected within a different theme each week.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Analyse prose to better understand a writer’s linguistic and structural choices
• Discuss setting and characterisation within a short story
• Evaluate secondary texts to deepen understanding of a primary text
• Identify a variety of literary genres and forms
• Assess the value of reading literature from a wide variety of cultures and countries.
• Evaluate the role of the short story within our reading choices.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for anyone who is a keen reader of literature. Discussion of students’ thoughts about and responses to these stories will shape the sessions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each lesson will begin with a brief introductory lecture with a powerpoint presentation to introduce the writers. The texts will then be discussed in groups, using guiding questions or secondary texts to introduce new ideas and encourage a deeper contemplation of the primary texts.
Work outside class involves reading the short stories in preparation for the next lesson.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Texts will be provided digitally as jpegs or Word documents, so students will not have to buy any texts.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This tutor is also teaching HLT235 The Poetry of W.B. Yeats.
Look for other literature courses at www.citylit.ac.uk/history, culture and writing/literature.
Woody River has fifteen years of experience teaching literature, language, creative writing and academic writing. She has worked within secondary, further, higher and community education. With a First Class BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing, as well as an MA in Creative Writing, Woody has a vast knowledge of British and international literature across different genres and forms and is particularly interested in European and Japanese literature.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.