Advanced Writing of Fiction: Linked Story Collection

English 8510
Section 1
Phong Nguyen

In between the short story collection and the novel is a liminal space where the linked short story collection lives. Many celebrated “novels” from the past 40 years are actually linked short story collections: Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club, Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine, Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, etc. In this course, we will look at how to conceive, generate, edit, and structure a linked short story collection of your own. Texts will include Alexander Weinstein’s Children of the New World, Zachary Mason's The Lost Books of the Odyssey, and Amina Gautier’s The Loss of All Lost Things. But the primary focus of the class will be the stories created by students, and helping your fellow writers refine and improve their work.