July 17th, 2014

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What is the purpose of short stories?

I'm off to the Cascade Writers workshop this weekend, where I'll be an instructor. One of the things I'll be doing is giving a talk on "The Purpose and Practice of Short Stories." I have a few ideas, but I thought I'd ask you as well: what do you think is the purpose -- or, indeed, the point -- of writing short stories these days?