TUTOR: Geraldine Mills is an award winning poet and short story writer and has been published nationally and internationally. She has published three collections of poetry and three of short stories ‘Lick of the Lizard’, (2005) ‘The Weight of Feathers’, 2007 (Arlen House) which are taught at the University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University, USA. Her third short story collection, Hellkite, has just been launched by Arlen House. She was the winner of the Inaugural Penguin/ RTÉ Short Story Competition, 2010. Other awards for fiction include the Moore Medallion, The OKI Award and she has been shortlisted for the Francis MacManus Competition and William Trevor Short Story Award. She was a recipient of an Arts Council Bursary in 2006 and was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship, Oct 2007. Geraldine was the millennium winner of the Hennessy/Tribune New Irish Writer Award for her short story ‘Lick of the Lizard’ and has taught creative writing in Ireland and the US. See www.geraldinemills.com
DURATION: 6 weeks
Start Date: September 18, 2017 – THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL
Advanced Creative Writing – The Short Story
This online advanced creative writing course will address the basic difficulties faced by writers in the craft of short fiction. It is suitable for participants who have already begun to write short stories and who would like to develop their skills. You do not have to be published. Each lesson will include various prompts to liberate creativity. It will also include examples of the masters in the genre of the short story. You will receive a weekly assignment and written feedback on those assignments.
(1) Introduction to the short story. What is it? What makes it breathe? What makes it different from mere anecdote or the novel?
(2) Beginnings. This lesson will guide you in finding the best beginning for your story. You will learn how important it is to draw the reader in and how to eliminate false starts.
(3) Every story has a narrator, who presents the action from a particular point-of-view. When we talk about point-of-view we mean that the writer chooses a specific method of revealing character. Here you will learn which one is best for your character.
(4) Developing an eye for detail and an ear for dialogue. Observation; the use of the senses; fresh language, are all needed to bring a story alive. You will also learn the difference between showing and telling and we will look at settings and time frames.
(5) Breathing life into your characters. Characters must be believable, not stereotypes. This lesson will concentrate on developing memorable characters and explore whether your story is plot-driven or character-driven.
(6) Endings are as important as beginnings and readers should feel that it is the right ending for the story. Characters dictate endings. This lesson will explore the different types of ending and what best suits your story.
Our next Online Advanced Creative Writing Course course starts on 18/09/2017
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