Each group must find a short story that they wish to explore for the project. Remember, you will be spending a couple of weeks with this story, so you have to make sure it connects to everyone in the group, and has sufficient depth.
Below are some places to find something you may enjoy. Use the names and lists below to get some ideas. Remember, you don’t have to read every story you are interested in. Do research, read the summaries and abstracts, read the first couple of paragraphs, skim it and see if it connects with you. How to access short stories? There are a couple of ways:
- Look for a copy of the story online, in pdf format.
- Go to the school or public library and track it down there. Library cards are free and highly recommended. Asking a librarian for recommendations is always a good path.
- If you have the name of a story but not the title of the book that contains it, a way to figure it out is to Google “<name of story> <name of author> collection”.
Group members can find one story each, then they can convene and decide on a story. Bring your stories to class on Tuesday (January 23), when I can give you some time to sit down with your group and have a reading session. Stories MUST be definitively chosen by the end of class on Tuesday.
I will need to see a text of the story on Tuesday for approval.
Here are some authors / texts to research and check out:
- Kurt Vonnegut
- John Gould (a Victoria writer who writes VERY short stories – you would need to choose a few of these)
- Emily Carr
- Sherwood Anderson
- Ernest Hemingway
- Raymond Carver
- Joyce Carol Oates
- “Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules” anthology (ed. David Sedaris)
- Roald Dahl (some of his wonderfully weird more adult-oriented stuff)
- “50 Great Short Stories” anthology – widely available and has a range of genres and themes.
Resources to explore further: