Though the Stars Walk Backwards
Ausherman, Rieneke H
My investigation involves furthering my writing skills and comprehension by creating an anthology of short stories. This anthology is comprised of stories written in a variety of genres and styles, each with a unique theme and purpose. My underlying desire for this work as a whole is to attract readers of all kinds, and then expose them to styles of writing that they were previously unfamiliar with. I plan to achieve this not only by including a diverse amount of content, but also by taking an unconventional approach to genre styles and conventions. In my work, I aim to combine elements from literary sub-groups that are normally kept distinct. It is my goal to use aspects of literary fiction to add depth to stories that are told using the tropes of genre, as well as use characteristics that are traditionally reserved for genre fiction to add a more familiar and accessible layer to the imposing style of literary fiction. I hope that at its completion, this anthology will promote reading even in those who pride themselves in being unlikely to do so, and that it will leave its readers with a deeper appreciation of the subject than they came with.
East Carolina University