Date

5-4-2020

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The short story cycle is a genre of fiction that is relentless in its pursuit of navigating a storyline with little space to do so. Given the short story's limited word count, it is often paired with a sequence of other interrelated works that are strung together through common themes, characters, or viewpoints. Audiences are often unaware of the considerable requirements that it takes to produce a short story cycle despite the extensive comprehension needed to truly plot out a successful one. Two authors that have provided substantial progress in the conception and appreciation of this genre are Susan Minot and Louise Erdrich in their short story cycles "Monkeys" and "Love Medicine". Both Minot and Erdrich have produced cycles that elicit authentic feelings from their audience through their episodic narratives. They then feed a level of satisfaction to the reader when the end of the cycle provides a resolution that solidifies the outcome of each character's storyline. In my personal short story cycle entitled "Yin and Yang", I utilize the plot development, scene description, and dialogue that I have acquired from analyzing their cycles. However, each author owes the reader a piece written in their own voice, so I challenged these ideas and built a cycle that focuses on the illustrative power of poetry while still telling a story. This presentation will be a discussion on the process of writing a short story cycle along with a brief reading from my own story, "Perishable".

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May 4th, 12:00 AM

A Review of Concise Literature: The Short Story Cycle

The short story cycle is a genre of fiction that is relentless in its pursuit of navigating a storyline with little space to do so. Given the short story's limited word count, it is often paired with a sequence of other interrelated works that are strung together through common themes, characters, or viewpoints. Audiences are often unaware of the considerable requirements that it takes to produce a short story cycle despite the extensive comprehension needed to truly plot out a successful one. Two authors that have provided substantial progress in the conception and appreciation of this genre are Susan Minot and Louise Erdrich in their short story cycles "Monkeys" and "Love Medicine". Both Minot and Erdrich have produced cycles that elicit authentic feelings from their audience through their episodic narratives. They then feed a level of satisfaction to the reader when the end of the cycle provides a resolution that solidifies the outcome of each character's storyline. In my personal short story cycle entitled "Yin and Yang", I utilize the plot development, scene description, and dialogue that I have acquired from analyzing their cycles. However, each author owes the reader a piece written in their own voice, so I challenged these ideas and built a cycle that focuses on the illustrative power of poetry while still telling a story. This presentation will be a discussion on the process of writing a short story cycle along with a brief reading from my own story, "Perishable".