Stuart Dybek says endings, like other elements of the storytelling craft, starts with strategy. In this program, we look at the closure strategies and innovations of the writers who shaped the modern story, including Poe, Chekov, Joyce, Wolff and Hemingway.
Stuart would like each person to come prepared to name a favorite ending to a novel, story, or a film.
He will be referencing James Joyce’s short story, The Dead before his session on January 24th. While it is not necessary to have read it in advance, Stuart suggested it may enhance your enjoyment of the session if you take the time to do so.
The Dead is the last story included in Dubliners.
There are numerous sources online to access it, such as
There is also a free audio recording available online:
Stuart Dybek's The Start of Something: Selected Stories by Stuart Dybek was published by Jonathan Cape/Vintage in 2016, and two new collections of fiction, Ecstatic Cahoots and Paper Lantern, were published simultaneously by FSG in June 2014. Dybek’s previous books of fiction are Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, The Coast of Chicago, and I Sailed with Magellan. He has also published two volumes of poetry, Brass Knuckles and Streets In Their Own Ink. His work is widely anthologized and appears in publications such as The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Tin House, Granta, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Dybek is the recipient of many literary awards including the PEN/Bernard Malamud Prize for “distinguished achievement in the short story”, a Lannan Award, the Academy Institute Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Harold Washington Literary Award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and four O’Henry Prizes.
His work has appeared in Best American Poetry and in Best American Fiction. In 2007, he was awarded both a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Rea Award for the Short Story. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University.
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