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“Come In Here”: How Stories Draw Us In

Lecture no. 1 from the course: Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers

“Come In Here”: How Stories Draw Us In

Taught by Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black | 33 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Begin your exploration of American short stories with a look at one of the form’s most important features: the opening sentence. Learn the four P’s (people, place, perspective, and problem) and how they can help build a strong opening to a story. Then listen to multiple examples of first sentences and their various strengths and weaknesses.

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August 28, 2019

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August 22, 2019

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j********m
August 19, 2019
Decent and interesting bits of information, but the critiques at the end are desultory and feature not much other than subjective pokes at first lines of short stories. The first half of the lecture is much better than the second.

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