Art and Craft of the Short Story


Session 1

"The Death of a Government Clerk", Anton Chekhov (Oskolki magazine, 2 July 1883)

"The Soft Sell", Art Buchwald (The Washington Post c. 1970)

"No Kaddish for Weinstein", Woody Allen ((The New Yorker, March 3, 1975)

"Wednesdays and Fridays", Elizabeth Jolley (from Woman in the Lampshade, 1983)


Session 2

"The Fall of the House of Usher", Edgar Allen Poe (1839)

"Blue Beard", Charles Perrault (1697)

"The Bloody Chamber", Angela Carter (1979)

"Happy Endings", Margaret Atwood (1983)

Session 3

"Everything That Rises Must Converge", Flannery O'Connor (1961)

"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been", Joyce Carol Oates (1966)

"The Turning", Tim Winton (2005)

Session 4

"Hills Like White Elephants", Ernest Hemingway (1927)

"After Rain", William Trevor (1965)

"In the Heart of the Heart of the Country", William Gass (1968)

Session 5

"The Yellow Wallpaper", Charlotte Gilman Perkins (1892)

"I Stand Here Ironing", Tilly Olsen (1961)

"Conversations with a Cupboard Man", Ian McEwan (1975)

"Natalie", Anne Enright (2008)

Session 6

"A Ghost", Guy de Maupassant (1890)

"The Drover's Wife", Murray Bail (1975)

"Burning Chrome", William Gibson (1982)

"The Prophet's Hair", Salman Rushdie (1994)


Session 7

"Goodbye, My Brother", John Cheever (1951)

"Peeling", Peter Carey (1974)

"Shifting", Ann Beattie (1976)

"You're Ugly Too", Lorrie Moore (1989)

Session 8

"The Dead", James Joyce (1914)

"French Toothpaste", Morris Lurie (1969)

"Cathedral", Raymond Carver (1983)

"Towards Midnight", David Malouf (2006)

Session 9

"The Story of an Hour", Kate Chopin (1894)

"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love", Raymond Carver (1981)

"The Thirteen Awarnesses", Frank Moorhouse (2005)

"A Temporary Matter", Jhumpa Lahiri (1999)

Session 10

"The Metamorphosis", Franz Kafka (1915)

"The Shawl", Cynthia Ozick (1980)

"Can I Get a Witness?", Sherman Alexie (2003)

Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice", Nam Le (2008)