Course Catalog

Adv Yearlong in Short Fiction: Building a Collection

In this yearlong advanced workshop in short fiction, we’ll focus on an intensive study of craft and the development and revision of students’ short fiction collections. We will meet three times a month (weeks 1, 2, and 4), taking one week “off” (week 3) to work independently on story/project development. During our class meetings, students should anticipate a discussion of assigned texts (we’ll read one published short fiction collection roughly every 6 weeks, and we will often supplement these with craft essays), as well a workshop of student fiction. The central aim of the course will be to support students in identifying and making progress toward accomplishing their individual writing goals as they build their collections of short fiction. The course will also include discussion of arranging a collection, writing a pitch, and pursuing publication.
* Students should acquire the following texts. Any craft essays or individual stories discussed in class beyond those on this list will be provided by the instructor.

  • The Office of Historical Corrections, Danielle Evans
  • If the Body Allows It, Megan Cummins
  • A Sense of the Whole, Siamak Vossoughi
  • I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, Laura van den Berg
  • Filthy Animals, Brandon Taylor

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Instructor: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

Class Type: Yearlong


Term: Fall 2021

Start Date: 09/07/2021

No Class On: Third Week of the Month

End Date: 05/31/2022

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 10

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of three collections of short fiction, most recently What We Do With the Wreckage, which won the 2017 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by UGA Press in 2018. Her earlier collections are Swimming With Strangers (Chronicle, 2008) and This Life She's Chosen (Chronicle, 2005). Her short fiction has been published in Ploughshares, McSweeney's, One Story, and North American Review, among other journals, and she has been the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize. Kirsten teaches fiction writing at Hugo House and 9th-12th grade English at a small independent school near Seattle.

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