Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Long Story & Novella

InstructorTed Morrissey

Instructor Contact Info:
(Note: first letter of email address is J)

Instructor Bio:
Ted Morrissey – Ph.D. in English studies Illinois State University, MA (with a specialization in Fiction) Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Author of five books of fiction, including the novels An Untimely Frost and Men of Winter and the novella Weeping with an Ancient God (named a Best Book of 2015 by Chicago Book Review)
  • Short stories have appeared in nearly forty journals, among them Glimmer TrainPANKEleven Eleven, and (forthcoming) Everest and Southern Humanities Review.  Essays and reviews have been included in North American ReviewWriters Ask, and Slush Pile Magazine.
  • The title story of Ted’s forthcoming collection, Crowsong for the Stricken, won the Flyleaf Journal Editors’ Choice Reprint Award in 2015. The story originally appeared in Noctua Review. His story “A Wintering Place” was a semifinalist in the ScreenCraft 2015 Short Story Contest.
  • Ted’s monograph The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters (Edwin Mellen) won the D. Simon Evans Prize for distinguished scholarship and has been acquired by more than 600 university and research libraries around the world, including the Library of Congress, the British Library, and Australian National University. He’s also a William H. Gass scholar, and several of his conference papers on Gass’s work are available at his 12 Winters Blog.
  • He founded Twelve Winters Press in 2012 and co-directs it with his wife Melissa, an educator and children’s author. Visit his website and follow @t_morrissey.
Course Number: IMF 53705  (new course number as of FA QTR 16)

Course Title: Selected Emphases in Fiction: The Long Story & Novella

Available Sections: OL1, OL2, OL3

Class Type: Literature

Course Description:
In workshops, fiction writers often focus on the short-story form; however, nearly all fiction writers aspire to be novelists. The leap from story writing to novel writing can be daunting. The focus of this course is literature that falls into that gray area between the typical short story and novel: the long story and the novella (which can be interchangeable terms). We will read eight works of fiction, with a particular emphasis on studying the elements in these shorter works that we normally associate with full-blown novels. While length is most readily identified as the chief difference between short stories and novels, in this course we will see that there is much more to it than mere word count—and in so doing hopefully facilitate the tricky transition from short-form to long-form writer.

Textbook info:
The Death of Ivan Ilych *
Leo Tolstoy
The Awakening *
Kate Chopin
The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway
Brokeback Mountain
Annie Proulx
Black Water
Joyce Carol Oates
Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys
Toni Morrison
Sleep Donation **
Karen Russell
Ebook only
 *Denotes a book that is available free online.
** Sleep Donation is only available in digital format; available for free download (Amazon etc.)

Class Preview Date: September 19 (do not post in class until start date of 10/3; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 9/16)

Class Start Date: October 3

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