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 their predecessors.
In this course, you will have the opportunity to experience these new forms of fiction through readings, discussions, and the creation of your own stories. Additionally, the core elements of the short story from a rhetorical perspective will be explored.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Recognize and appreciate various forms of the modern short story
- Identify the elements of a short story
- Identify the dominant elements in a short story
- Craft short stories in various forms for specific audiences
- Share and discuss stories with other writers
Facilitator: Rick 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.
What Our Students Are Saying:
“Enthusiastic professor appreciated notes received post class.” – Nancy O’Brien, Student; Demystifying Poetry – Emotion and Design
“Writing our family history was my goal and after taking Writing Non-Fiction: Telling Your Truth with Rick Carter, I have a great foundation to get started. Thanks Rick!” – Roger Trull, former Vice-President of University of Advancement, Student; Writing Non-Fiction: Telling Your Truth