Reading Diet

50 Great Short Stories

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The first TMA for A215 left us with the free choice between doing a piece of fiction, poetry or life writing. Against my usual preferences I choose life writing. Maybe I will publish the first TMA here, after the piece had cooled down a bit and I’ll find the time to do some rewriting.

For the second TMA the required form is “short fiction”. I used to read a good share of genre short fiction back in my teenage days – mostly science fiction – and I loved short stories by Wolfgang Borchert, but I over the time I’ve stuck more and more to the longer forms.

Our A215 tutor, Rachel, argues the best way to master the form of short fiction is to read a lot short stories. She is of course right.

So I’ve put myself on a strict short story diet for the next weeks that contains the goal of reading at least one story a day.

To prevent a dreary experience, I tried went for a healthy mix of literary fiction and genre (scifi) fiction. Partly from authors I already love, like Margaret Atwood, authors featured in our workbook, like Somerset Maugham and James Joyce, and some authors to newly discover.

The following books are part of my diet:

Kindle eBooks

In print


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Mela Eckenfels schreibt seit 1997 das Internet voll, Sach- und Fachtexte für Geld und Spaß und Fantasy, Science Fiction sowie historische Literatur aus Passion. Nebenbei studierte sie Geschichte und Creative Writing an der Open University und hat das Studium 2017 mit einem Titel abgeschlossen, für dessen Aussprechen sie immer erst mal Luft holen muss: BA (hons) Humanities with Creative Writing and History (Open).

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