01/11 Short Stories and Creative Constraint: Applying Structure to Story with Rich Farrell
The writer, alone at the desk, is often faced with a multitude of choices. Too often, this abundance blocks progress. By examining and applying story structures, creativity is often opened up.
This three-part class will offer a logical, progressive series of techniques and structures to help the writer develop a solid draft of a story. A combination of writing and revising, as well as workshops for the story in-progress, will allow the writer an intensive opportunity to complete a draft of a story at the end of the class.
We will examine a variety of forms and examples from literature, ranging from traditional stories to the experimental, to see how accomplished writers use variations on form to arrive at a polished draft.
Richard Farrell is the Creative Non-Fiction Editor at upstreet and a Senior Editor at Numéro Cinq. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he has worked as a high school teacher, a defense contractor, and as a Navy pilot. He holds an MFA from the Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is currently at work on a collection of short stories. His work, including fiction, memoir, essays, interviews and book reviews, has appeared in Hunger Mountain, A Year in Ink, upstreet, New Plains Review, Descant (Canada) and Numéro Cinq. He lives in San Diego.