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FICT 200 W — Short Story Intensive: Taking Our Stories to the Next Level

Quarter: Spring
Date(s): Mar 28—Jun 3
Duration: 10 weeks
Drop By
Drop Deadline: Mar 31
Unit(s): 3 Units
Tuition: $885
Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Limit: Limit 15
Status: Pre-approval required
prior to enrollment
Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for this course. If you'd like to be notified the next time the course is offered, please add your name to the wait list.

How can we make our fiction deeper, richer, more compelling, and more textured? How can we find the inspiration to keep on working on our short stories? If you’ve completed several short stories and taken at least one short story course with Stanford Continuing Studies, you are invited to apply for this course that is all about next steps. In this course, we’ll continue the journey each writer began in previous courses on writing the short story. Using the fiction workshop as our foundation, writers will workshop two stories, one in each half of the course. Craft topics will be suggested based on student work, but will include deepened explorations of point of view, dialogue, detail, characterization, the importance of place, and “hot spots” where the writer might slow down and develop the story further. Revision will be part of our practice. In short, we will use our writer’s toolbox to bring out the greatest potential in our stories, looking for those areas of possibility as we persist and forge ahead to make our work the best it can be.

Course readings will include work by Lucia Berlin, Dagoberto Gilb, Jhumpa Lahiri, Flannery O’Connor, and John Edgar Wideman, among others. By the end of the course, you will have learned how to take a piece of writing to the next level, creating a story that engages the reader with your best material.

This online course offers an intensive workshop experience for students who have taken one or more short story courses with Stanford Continuing Studies. Admission is by application only. Before enrolling in the course, students must submit a short story for review.

For more information about the Online Writing Program, visit our FAQs.

Matthew Iribarne, Author

Matthew Iribarne is the author of Astronauts: And Other Stories. He received the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award from the San Francisco Foundation, the Sewanee Walter E. Dakin Fellowship, and the Nelson Algren Literary Award. He has taught in writing programs at UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State, and California College of the Arts. He received an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Sarah Stone/Ron Nyren, Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers, First Edition (ISBN 0-321-19537)
(Required) Lee Williford/Michael Martone, Scribner Guide of Contemporary Short Fiction, Second Edition (ISBN 978-1-4165-3227-9)