Reading Short Stories

Ref: C3530225

What makes a good short story? Increase your understanding and enjoyment of this interesting and often under-rated form. Each week we will discuss two stories and consider what makes a good English short story.

Additional information about this course

NB There is no session on 22 Feb as its half term

Course aim

To discuss a range of stories from the selected anthology, with a view to examining how techniques in short fiction have developed.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for 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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • There will be a set reading schedule, with two stories to read in preparation for 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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • The tutor will give informal feedback about progress. Group discussion and self-assessment will also be encouraged.

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring a copy of The Oxford Book of English Short Stories, edited by A.S. Byatt. ISBN-10: 0199561605 ISBN-13: 978-0199561605

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Please read, Relics of General Chassé: A Tale of Antwerp by Anthony Trollope, & A Mere Interlude by Thomas Hardy for discussion at the first session.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Reading Short Stories


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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