Short Story Summer Camp is a six-week exploration of short fiction—as both readers and writers—with author and teacher Jonathan Rogers. Each week we will read one or two short stories from writers including G.K. Chesterson, Agatha Christie, Mark Twain, Willa Cather, O. Henry, Sarah Orne Jewett, Edgar Allan Poe, Kate Chopin, P.G. Wodehouse, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
On Wednesdays, Jonathan Rogers will host a live* 90-minute lecture/discussion via Zoom, in which we will examine the particular methods and techniques employed in that week’s stories.
Participants will apply these methods and techniques to their own writing, producing an original short story by the end of the class.
Topics to be covered include (but are not limited to):
*Recordings of the lectures will also be available for learners who can’t attend the live lectures.
Wednesdays, June 29 – August 10, 2022 (no class on July 13)
Student Cohort: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Central
Adult Cohort: 3:00 to 4:30p.m. Central
Adults, High Schoolers and Middle Schoolers
There are two “cohorts” of Short Story Summer Camp–one for adults (college-age and up), and one for high-school and middle-school students.
The course content is the same for either cohort, but the two cohorts will attend separate lecture/discussions and participate in separate forums. Adults will be interacting with adults, and students will be interacting with students.
Please register for the appropriate cohort.
PDF collection of stories (included with the class)
One or two short stories per week (see reading schedule to the right)
One 300-500-word writing exercise per week, culminating in a completed short story
One live 90-minute lecture/discussion via Zoom
Throughout the week, learners will discuss the reading, the lectures, and their writing exercises in a dedicated online forum.
Agatha Christie, “The Adventure of ‘The Western Star’”
G.K. Chesterton, “The Blue Cross”
Mark Twain, “The Million-Pound Banknote”
Edgar Allan Poe, A Selected Story
NO READING — SUMMER BREAK!
Sarah Orne Jewett, “A White Heron”
Willa Cather, “The Sentimentality of William Tavener”
Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour”
O. Henry, “A Retrieved Reformation”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
P.G. Wodehouse, “Jeeves Takes Charge”