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The Inevitable Swerve: Ending the Short Story

The Inevitable Swerve: Ending the Short Story
Thursday, October 17, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Michelle Dove

Led by Professor Michelle Dove of the English Department, this workshop will illuminate what makes a story satisfying or complete. Using Sandra Cisneros' very short story "Eleven" as our text, we'll investigate the dynamic among the story, the world outside the story, the reader and the author. Our analysis will focus on the recursion of language and structure to bring about what writer and editor Gordon Lish calls the "swerve"-or inevitable conclusion-for the modern short story.

Michelle Dove is the author of Radio Cacophony and writing that appears in PEN America, Chicago Review, Hobart, Entropy and elsewhere. She works and teaches creative writing in the English Department at Duke. She plays electro-poetry improv in the Durham band Streak of Tigers. Links to select writing are at

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