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Teaching short fiction: a classroom exercise (tip 77)

In this video, D.D. Johnston discusses a classroom exercise that he uses to illustrate an important difference between short stories and novels.

Here’s an exercise that I really enjoy setting for a group of writers. 374 more words

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Story Writing: beginnings and endings

Beginnings and endings can make or break a short story. A bad opening line can lose a reader immediately, and a badly written ending can ruin an otherwise great piece. 1,245 more words

"A Temporary Matter": Beginning a Short Story (tip 76)

Following on from our last video, D.D. Johnston looks at the opening to a modern classic short story: “A Temporary Matter” by Jhumpa Lahiri. You can read the full story here: … 1,362 more words

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