The Short Story

Ref: C2342211

The course is about the history and development of the short story in English with reference to earlier Russian and French exponents of the form. The short story has been described as 'a record of things happening, full of incident and accident, swift movement, unexpected development, leading through suspense to a climax and a satisfying denouement.' If you like this description, then the course is for you.

Course aim

The course aims to outline the history and development of the short story form in English

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Describe the history and development of the short story form
  • Read and discuss a number of short stories as part of a group
  • Make individual or shared presentations of particular stories
  • Explain what makes this form of writing distinctive
  • Learn biographical details of some major exponents of the genre

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 may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You will need: Modern British Short Stories (Ed Malcolm Bradbury) Penguin (1988) The Stories of William Trevor Penguin (1988) Dear Life by Alice Munro Vintage (2012)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Other works by Alice Munro and William Trevor are well worth reading. The numbers are vast but I would recommend Runaway by Alice Munro (2004) and Last Stories by William Trevor (2018)

What can I do next?

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The Short Story

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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