In this course, you will :
- Explains how to write a draught, revise it, and share it with others She also discusses rejection and how to protect your writing time.
- Journaling is a tried-and-true method for expressing yourself and finding your voice. Joyce, for example, reads from one of Virginia Woolf's diary entries.
- Explores how delving into the darker aspects of your personality and past can provide compelling, heartfelt fodder for fiction—as well as a way to find a unique audience
- Joyce's experimental approaches to structure include thinking about the shape of a story on the first page and writing a one-sided dialogue. She reads a passage from her story "Heat."
- examines childhood influences, interviews family, and recalls physical locations that have left an indelible impression on you.
- Joyce examines very brief narratives (a few pages or less) for the language and structure they require. As an example, she reads "The Use of Force" by William Carlos Williams.
- Writing a monologue can be a useful stepping stone toward writing a novel, as well as a good exercise in exploring the perspectives of characters who are different from yourself. As an example, consider Joyce's monologue story "Lethal."
- Joyce explains what inspired — and how she wrote — her most well-known and reprinted story, including how she chose the main character's point of view and how adjusting perspective can help you write your own story.
- Joyce and two of her students, Lindsay Skillen and Corey Arnold, performed a reading from Ernest Hemingway's story "Indian Camp." They go over the work in the same way they would in one of Joyce's collegiate or graduate classes.
- Joyce leads a workshop based on her student Lindsey's story "Labor Day," which can be downloaded ahead of time.
- This workshop is based on Corey's short story "Near Death," which can be downloaded ahead of time.
- Principles of Writing Short Fiction
- Journals: Observing the World
- Ideas: Exploring Taboo and Darkness
- Structure and Form
- Ideas: Writing the Familiar
- Form Study: Miniature Narrative
- Form Study: Short Monologue
- Story Study: “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
- Reading and Studying Writing
- The Writer’s Workshop: “Indian Camp”
- Revision Workshop: “Labor Day”
- Revision Workshop: “Near Death”