Short Story Writing Group taught by Bllu Catalano

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Six-Week Course with Bllu Catalano. Tuesdays, September 20th through October 25th, 2022. Groton Library.
10 am to 12:30 pm

This class is for intermediate to advanced creative writing group participants.These courses are designed for those interested in a more challenging prompt-writing class. Our time will include skill development and weekly readings. Our opening course, the Short Story Reading and Writing Group, employs the study of great writing to inspire us. In this six-week fall class we will examine enduring works of short fiction and use these stories as weekly prompts. GOALS Broaden appreciation of outstanding writing that is varied in time, place and perspective. Explore elements of what creates successful short stories that are interesting and satisfying. Employ findings and impressions as inspiration for our own fiction writing. Students will be assigned a pair of weekly short stories to read for homework. Each Thursday we will discuss and analyze our reading, then spend 20 minutes of writing time using the short stories as prompts. Time will be given for each writer to read their work and receive constructive feedback from the group. DETAILS Class limit: 6. Class time: 2.5 hours

WEEK 1 The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and A Day’s Wait by Ernest Hemingway

WEEK 2 The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin and A Small, Good Thing by Raymond Carver

WEEK 3 Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

WEEK 4 Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates and A Rose For Emily by William Faulkner

WEEK 5 Patriotism by Yukio Mishima and Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin

WEEK 6 Gift Of The Magi by O Henry and Babette’s Feast by Isak Dinesen 

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