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Interactive Pp Short Stories

  1. 1. Sudden micro- Flashes An exploration into the subgenres of Short Stories; micro, flash and sudden fiction. Drew Gerken ENG205.06
  2. 2. Short Stories <ul><li>Short stories are miniature masterpieces in which a novel length story can be told in a matter of pages. Enhanced use of inventory coupled with deliberate attention to each sentence helps remove fluff and tighten up the overall experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Subgenres </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Micro </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flash </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sudden </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I Am Still Unsure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drew Gerken </li></ul><ul><li>Notable Authors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>O’Brien </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forché </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>O. Henry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lovelace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hempel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project Gutenberg </li></ul><ul><li>Writer’s Inventory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sweaty-toothed madman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In-class activity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Concept Map </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>Quit
  3. 3. Drew Gerken <ul><li>I am a 3 rd year senior at GVSU and am on track to teach high school English. My passions for teaching deal with reaching and relating with students as well as discovery relevant literature that not only engages the student but relates to their lives in meaningful ways. I hope to be involved in any creative writing programs that are in motion at whatever school I teach at; if there is not a creative writing program then establishing one will be one of my first orders of business. Respect, trust, innovation and realness are key ideals that I hope to establish during my career and I believe that these four concepts are the keys to helping me awaken, reach and impact my student’s lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Email me </li></ul>Quit
  4. 4. Micro Fiction <ul><li>Micro fictions are stories that are told in 250 words or less. </li></ul><ul><li>One of the most popular micro fictions is a cult-classic, written by Hemingway; it reads as follows: </li></ul><ul><li>“ For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” </li></ul>Quit
  5. 5. Flash Fiction <ul><li>Flash Fiction is a subgenre in which stories are composed in between 250 to 1000 words. </li></ul><ul><li>Authors such as Ray Bradbury (right), Jamaica Kincaid, Margaret Atwood and John Updike have often experimented in flash. </li></ul><ul><li>Flash has established a huge fan base on the internet with sites such as Flash Fiction Online </li></ul>Quit
  6. 6. Sudden Fiction <ul><li>Sudden fiction is the step-sibling to Flash fiction in that it is more of a sub-subgenre. Sudden fictions are sort stories that are near 1000 words on the short end and go upwards of 3000 words. </li></ul><ul><li>Sudden fiction sits in the gray area between the new flash fiction and the classic short story. Joyce Carol Oates compares suddens to miniature symphonies on the page. </li></ul>Quit
  7. 7. Edgar Allan Poe <ul><li>Nineteenth century author whose works are psychological, dark horrors laced with satire. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Cask of Amontillado </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Pit and the Pendulum </li></ul></ul>Quit
  8. 8. Tim O’Brien <ul><li>Tim O'Brien (born October 1, 1946 in Austin, Minnesota) is an American novelist who mainly writes about his experiences in the Vietnam War and the impact the war had on the American soldiers who fought there. He regularly teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Minnesota West Technical College in Worthington, Minnesota and currently holds the Mitte Chair in Creative Writing at the MFA program of Texas State University-San Marcos.Ω </li></ul><ul><li>The Things They Carried </li></ul><ul><li>Tim O’Brien Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Ω Cited Here </li></ul>Quit
  9. 9. Carolyn Forché <ul><li>Forché was born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 28, 1950, to Michael Joseph and Louise Nada Blackford Sidlosky. Forché earned a B.A. in international relations and creative writing at Michigan State University in 1972. After graduate study at Bowling Green State University in 1975, she taught at a number of universities, including the University of Arkansas, Vassar College, Columbia University, and in the Master of Fine Arts program at George Mason University. She now teaches at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Harry Mattison, a photographer, and their son, Sean-Christophe Mattison, who is a filmmaker.Ω </li></ul><ul><li>Renowned poet </li></ul><ul><li>The Colonel </li></ul><ul><li>Ω Cited Here </li></ul>Quit
  10. 10. O. Henry <ul><li>William Sydney Porter </li></ul><ul><li>(1862-1910) </li></ul><ul><li>Pen names of Oliver Henry or O. Henry. </li></ul><ul><li>Known for bizarre twist endings. </li></ul>Quit
  11. 11. Sean Aden Lovelace <ul><li>As a former GVSU professor, Sean had a profound impact on my ideas of literature and who really introduced me to short stories; flash fiction specifically. </li></ul><ul><li>BSU Faculty Page </li></ul><ul><li>Sean Blog </li></ul>Quit
  12. 12. Amy Hempel <ul><li>“ Every sentence isn't just crafted, it's tortured over. Every quote and joke, what Hempel tosses out comedian-style, is something funny or profound enough you'll remember it for years. The same way, I sense, Hempel has remembered it, held on to it, saved it for a place where it could really shine. Scary jewelry metaphor, but her stories are studded and set with these compelling bits. Chocolate chip cookies with no bland &quot;cookie&quot; matrix, just nothing but chips and chopped walnuts. ”Ω </li></ul><ul><li>The Harvest </li></ul><ul><li>Ω &quot;She Breaks Your Heart: Chuck Palahniuk on Amy Hempel &quot; &quot;. LA Weekly ( September 18 , 2002 ). </li></ul>Quit
  13. 13. Project Gutenberg <ul><li>Project Gutenberg homepage </li></ul><ul><li>“ Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mission Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Michael S. Hart , founder of Project Gutenberg </li></ul>Quit
  14. 14. Writer’s Inventory <ul><li>Inventory is the stock of all subject mater that a writer has to work with. Settings, personalities, items, ideas, voice, etc. A writer uses his or her inventory to build unique characters with memorable personalities/quirks and set them inside vivid, lasting environments. </li></ul><ul><li>Every writer adds to their inventory when a new word is learned or a new place is visited. Each person a writer interacts with also adds to their inventory. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perhaps you do not talk to the girl sitting at the bar but you notice that when other people talk to her, her fingers moves as if typing their conversation. Neurosis like these are what creates realistic stories. </li></ul></ul>Quit
  15. 15. Sweaty-toothed Madman Quit
  16. 16. Writer’s Inventory Activity <ul><li>Step 1: Place the 3-5 objects around the room in front of the students (obviously desks arranged in a circular fashion would be preferable) so that each student can see at least one object. Tell them to pick an object and to describe a place where this object “is”. Any sort of setting can work, but the focus is to use inventory (with the exception of any people) to build of the environment that the object is; to make it as believable as possible. Stress the importance of having no characters in the setting. Allow for 15 minutes of writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2: Have each student trade papers with one other student who wrote about a different object and have them read the setting. Each student should then write for 15 minutes about a character in the room; again the focus should be on building up the believability of the character through inventory. </li></ul><ul><li>Step 3: Return the papers to the original student and allow them to read about the character that the other student wrote. After the students read the character sketch allow for a few minutes to discuss the differences in their visions. </li></ul>Quit
  17. 17. I Am Still Unsure Drew Gerken I left my spirit at the bus stop. The man I once was and will never be again is stuck there, glued in rotting gum, bum-sweat and strangled by stagnate air. He sat there, wiped blood from his mouth with his sleeve; it was a catch-all handkerchief. Three splats of his essence, infected garnets, gilded the worn brick sidewalk. I drank from my Nalgene. His dessert-cracked lips quivered as my water sloshed through his eyes. I hate him for how I feel now—spiritless I guess. I took the bus to help the environment (and save on gas). Why did I have to be so trendy? So artificially green? I am fully aware that he was fully aware. His mucus-crusted pity-trance bore into my chest and ripped out my spirit with the dirtiest fingernails imaginable. I broke his gaze with clear-blue Lexan and blue-clear liquid. Ice rattled and mocked him. Ice rattled and mocked him through the echoing overpass. It was louder than I would have liked. I am still unsure if it was a parched moan of desire or a dried-blood wheeze but I have thought about it these last twelve minutes. I am still unsure but this is my stop and I need fresh air. I choke on the stagnate air. Quit
  18. 18. Stories John Edgar Wideman A man walking in the rain eating a banana. Where is he coming from. Where is he going. Why is he eating a banana. How hard is the rain falling. Where did he get the banana. What is the banana’s name. How fast is the man walking. Does he mind the rain. What does he have on his mind. Who is asking all these questions. Who is supposed to answer them. Why. Does it matter. How many questions about a man walking in the rain eating a banana are there. Is the previous question one of them or is it another kind of question, not about the man or the walking or the rain. If not, what’s it a question about. Does each question raise another question. If so, what’s the point. If not, what will the final question be. Does the man know any of the answers. Does he enjoy bananas. Walking in the rain. Can the man feel the weight of eyes on him, the weight of questions. Why does the banana’s bright yellow seem the only color, the last possible color remaining in a gray world with a gray scrim of rain turning everything grayer. I know question after question after question. The only answer I know is this: all the stories I could make from this man walking in the rain eating a banana would be sad, unless I’m behind a window with you looking out at him. Quit
  19. 19. Concept Map Quit
  20. 20. Resources <ul><li>Edgar Allan Poe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Cask of Amontillado </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Pit and the Pendulum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Carolyn Forché </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Colonel audio </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tim O’Brien </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Things They Carried </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Website </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Amy Hempel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Harvest audio edited from </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pictures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hemmingway, http:// , ARC identifier: 192662 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>O. Henry, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carolyn Forche, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tim O’Brien, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edgar Allan Poe, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sean Aden Lovelace,,,10105---search,00.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amy Hempel, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Margaret Atwood, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ray Bradbury, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Squeeze Toys, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video clip, Dead Poet’s Society , Touchstone Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliography </li></ul><ul><ul><li>John Edgar Wideman, “Stories” was first published in Conjunctions 34. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Caroly Forche, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tim O’Brien, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amy Hempel, &quot;She Breaks Your Heart: Chuck Palahniuk on Amy Hempel &quot; &quot;. LA Weekly ( September 18 , 2002 ). </li></ul></ul>Quit