The Best American Short Stories of 2017 (Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is the source book for this seminar-like class in the contemporary short story. Participants will read and comment on the shift from "one incident, one narrator, one point of view" to short story techniques that reflect the global reach of information exchange. The class is designed for those who love to read good writing, as well as for those who practice writing fiction. The instructor will lecture and will facilitate participant discussions. No writing is required. Note: The text is available in bookstores and online, used for under $15. Readings will be emailed to participants before the first week of class.