Short Story Playlist 1: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

I’ve embarked on a project to read 30 great short stories by 30 different authors in 30 days.  As a writer myself, I’m interested in reading more good writing to improve my own craft.  I write a response essay to each short story, and these essays are published in The New Haven Review.  After thirty days of immersion in wonderful short fiction, I’m going to write a short story of my own, using the lessons learned by my month-long master class, learning at the feet of the greats, from Hemingway to Englander, from Carver to O’Connor, from Faulkner to Hawthorne, and more.

You can read the main article about my project in the print edition of The New Haven Review.  You can read the first essay, about Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” here.

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