How Short Stories Work: 1892 - 1925

Ref: C3528863

Each week we will look at two stories from The Penguin Book of the British Short Story: 1: From Daniel Defoe to John Buchan. We will discuss writing techniques and developments and compare and contrast stories. Key questions will include: 'What makes a good short story?' and, 'How does this story work?' For the first session, please read Silver Blaze, by Arthur Conan Doyle, & Behind the Shade, by Arthur Morrison.

Course aim

To read and discuss a range of stories from the selected anthology, with a view to discussing how techniques in story telling developed.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Discuss our reading experience.
  • Compare and contrast the style and content of selected stories.
  • Identify a range of story-telling techniques.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • It will be useful to have read the two set stories before each session.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • The tutor will set class exercises and give informal feedback about progress. Group discussion and self-assessment will also be encouraged.

What else do I need to know?

  • The Penguin Book of the British Short Story: 1: From Daniel Defoe to John Buchan (Penguin Classics) Paperback version £12.99 from Amazon. Kindle version also available. ISBN-10: 0141396008 ISBN-13: 978-0141396002

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Please read Silver Blaze, by Arthur Conan Doyle, & Behind the Shade, by Arthur Morrison for discussion at the first session. A negotiable reading schedule will be supplied for the following sessions.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

How Short Stories Work: 1892 - 1925 Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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