In today’s world, communication is increasingly characterized by compression. For example, we communicate via email, texts, and posts. There is a similar phenomenon occurring in the world of contemporary fiction, and, in particular, relative to the short story. Through new forms that require the writer to achieve poignancy and convey meaning within a limited word count, today’s fiction writer is a different craftsperson of words than his or her predecessors.
Facilitator: Richard Carter — Honors BA in English (University of Toronto), BEd (Queen’s University), MEd (University of Toronto), and MFA in Poetry (Drew University).
Rick Carter is a retired secondary school teacher of English and Dramatic Arts. Rick spent his career with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board in Sudbury, Ontario, where he served as a classroom teacher, department chair, and principal. He is also a published poet, having completed a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Recently, Rick published The Bright There, There, a collection of poems, and White Space, a collection of haiku and senryu. He also publishes regularly in Frogpond: The Journal of the Haiku Society of America. Rick is passionate about poetry and how its appreciation can better enrich our lives. In Rick’s course, beautiful risks will be taken.