British and American Short Stories

Ref: C2422662

Short stories are as old as Aesop’s fables and the tales of Boccaccio and Chaucer. They are little gems, providing a complete tale that can be read usually in under an hour. We will explore some stories and their history in English, examining British and American stories from 19th through 21st Centuries.

Course aim

This course aims: To introduce learners to a range of short story literature from the 19th through 21st Centuries. To enable learners to analyze and reflect upon the structure and style of the short story.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • You need no literary experience, but a love of narrative and enjoyment of the English language will ensure that you will get the most from this course.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify and understand the stories and authors studied during the course;
  • Appreciate and reflect upon the issues and themes raised in the stories;
  • Reflect on your own personal response to the stories studied.
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How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You do not need to bring anything, but you will need access to a computer to get the materials which will be on Canvas and emailed to you. You will also need to follow internet links to some stories online. I will not hand out hard copies in my commitment to minimise waste.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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British and American Short Stories


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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