Short Fiction

Ref: C3677038

By reading a carefully-chosen selection of prose from the nineteenth century to the present day, this course will explore the enduring power of the short story. Some of the topics we will cover are: the rise of short fiction and how the evolution of printing technologies affected this form, theories of storytelling, genre, narrative, and the importance of suspense and ambiguity in the short story. Please be aware that this is not a creative writing course.

Course aim

In this course, you will develop your knowledge and appreciation of the short story.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Confidently discuss the texts, themes and topics we will cover on this course.
  • Share my ideas with others by contributing to class discussions.
  • Use close reading skills to analyse literary texts.

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

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 to purchase some books for this course. Please email the tutor for a reading list.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Please email the tutor for the reading list.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Short Fiction

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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