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Short Story Endings

Lecture no. 23 from the course: Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers

Short Story Endings

Taught by Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black | 35 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

How can writers create endings that are both authentic to life and satisfying to readers? Reflect on endings from various short stories and see how they have changed over time. Also consider the ways writers create a sense of closure in fiction that never really happens in everyday life, yet feels authentic to human experience.


September 20, 2019
I greatly enjoyed Jennifer's course on American short stories. The content was informative, insightful, helpful, and encouraging to the beginning writer. Her presentation was lively and engaging. Well done.