Course Sample - Short

Just a Snap Shot


  1. Writing the Short Genre Story (SF/F/H and derivatives) 
  2. The nature of the story as based in history and created histories and taking a look at what can be challenged is one of the imperatives of being a good genre writer and not just one who follows the old tropes. This brief look a history and aspects of sociology are simply suggestions and even challenges to the status quo. Over years this status quo will change and so does the creativity of the writer and story teller. The observations and suggestions made here are not the complete gambit of interrogations that can be explored. The views expressed in this course are also just a few that can be applied to the world of genre writing, or science fiction, fantasy and horror writing. 
  3. The short story regardless of genre has been the centrepiece of storytelling since the days of sitting around the campfire in a cave. Before the written words, the story was shown with pictures which conveyed the message shared amongst current and past peoples, families, villages and tribes. Today we see cave paintings in France and wonder at the people who created them and what story were they telling their children and coming generations? Short stories are a visual rendition of something known, or in the case of fiction unknown and created. The Christian Bible, the Indian Vedas, or later Mahabharata, Buddhism: The Tripiṭaka and the Dhammapada, the Dao de jing, also Chuang Tzu, and the I Ching plus various other story traditions, make up an early story-line to human beginnings, thoughts, beliefs and superstitions. Looking back on all the early works and stories it has become too easy to dismiss them as fantasies. If these are how we view the past of the story, then there is little hope for the future, as we will have all works declared null and void and of little use to the betterment of the species. Stories are life in motion, are about lives lived and lost and lived again. Be it family journeyman tale of the Buddha, or the reactionary stories of Christ or Tzu, there is much to learn and hopefully not repeat in the future.  
  4. Science fiction, fantasy and horror have always been based on cautionary tales of a sort. Either the over complications of political systems in fantasy, or technology gone insane in SF. Horror reminds us that not all things should be ignored out of ignorance. All of these works and more have created the world in which we live, and many more stories since have created and speculated and postulated the future, the past and the unknown. 

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