SCHEDULE Fall 2011

Week 1: 8/24

Introduction to the course
Discuss poems from Spoon River Anthology

Week 2: 8/31

Reading: Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio, and Mann, from The Short Story Cycle, chapter on Winesburg, Ohio

Week 3: 9/7

Reading: Evan S. Connell’s Mrs. Bridge and Dunn, “The Composite Novel” (This review is also helpful.)   

Week 4: 9/14

Reading: Dean Bakopoulos, Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon and Ferguson, “Sequences, Anti-Sequences, Cycles, CompositeNovels” 

Week 5: 9/21

Jeannette Walls at Emens Auditorium

Week 6: 9/28

Reading: Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad and David Jausss, “Stacking Stones: Building a Unified Short StoryCollection”

Week 7: 10/5

Go as class to see The Circus in Winter Musical

Week 8: 10/12

1.            John Bahler, Blackberry Wine, 39 pages

2.            Tyler Petty, Divine Aphasia Loves Us Dearly, 43 pages

Week 9: 10/19

3.            Kat Greene: Abroad, 46 pages

4.            Stacye Cline: Emergency Signal Words, 28 pages

Week 10: 10/26

5.            Josh Flynn: Panels, 40 pages

6.            Sarah Grubb: Tolerances of Less than 1/1000th of a Gram, 20 pages

Week 11: 11/2

7.            Katie Ineich: Stills, 19 pages       

8.            Aubrie Cox: Chasing Satori, 36 pages

Week 12: 11/9

9.            Linda Taylor, From this Day Forward, 26 pages

10.          Heather Wilson: According to Me, 34 pages

Week 13: 11/16

John Barth, “It’s a Short Story.” (On figuring out if you're a congenital story writer or a novelist Also available in the anthology, The American Short Story and its Writer by Ann Charters.)
Discuss short stories vs. novel form vs. novel in stories

 Week 14: 11/23

Thanksgiving no class

Week 15: 11/30

Revision and conferences

Week 16: 12/7

Presentation: Doing Business as a Writer

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