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Chunk: Breaking Down the Short Story

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Thursdays, 8 weeks
Apr 4
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May 23
6:00 - 8:00PM CT
INSTRUCTOR:
Clemintine Guirado
LOCATION:
The Porch House at 2811 Dogwood Pl., Nashville, TN 37204
$
396
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$
465
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This intense, generative course is a workshop in the classical sense of woodworking or cobblery; our focus will be on craft, not critique.  

Every workshop member will turn in one-to-three-page story “chunks” which will ultimately be assembled into a 10-to-20-page short story. These chunks (typically scenes, but not always) may be linear or not; they may closely model the structure or techniques of one of our readings—or not.

Depending on class size, we will have micro-discussions of each person’s chunk, or at times we may do other types of creative response, during which the writer is not silenced and is free to ask for specific types of feedback. Each week, we'll “apprentice” with established ink-slingers by closely reading short stories that use different tools, styles, and building strategies, such as the list, reverse chronology, epistolary, comes to realize/fails to realize, second person, unreliable narrator, and others. We will also do some craft-based, in-class exercises. The instructor will have a private conference with each writer about their finished draft.

Trigger warning: Some readings may be visceral, disturbing, or violate the social contract.

Clemintine Guirado has published short stories in Masters Review, Best New American Voices, Rainbow Curve, Comet Magazine, and 580 Split. Her short story "Above Asmara" won a Robie McCauley Award from StoryQuarterly and was subsequently included as a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She is a former Wallace Stegner Fiction Fellow, a University of Wisconsin Fiction Fellow, and has taught creative writing for over twenty years in universities, haunted beach motels, a trailer with a multi-dimensional portal.

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