The goal of this course is to give the participants an opportunity to read and discuss a variety of short stories.We will be using the short story collection,The Best American
Short Stories 2008,Salman Rushdie,Ed, Heidi Pitlor, Series Ed..The collection includes stories by Allegra Goodman ,Jonathan Lethem,Christine Sneed,and R.Tobias Wolff.Participants will read one story each weekand then the group will discuss it. The group leader will give some biographical information for each author to shed some light on some aspects of the work.
4. Course Meeting
Number of Weeks: 10
Total Number of Sessions:10
Hours Per Session:1hrand 45 minutes
5. Required Text
BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2008, Salman Rushdie Editor
Study Group Leader and Brief Biography: (Optional)
6. Study Group Leader and Brief Biography: (Optional)
Joan Parrish is an experienced group leader with a master’s degree in adult education fromBoston Universityand a master’s in theology from EpiscopalDivinitySchool. She has taught courses for adults and children in a variety of settings and currently leads a short story course at the Weston Council on Aging. She has also led similar courses at LLARC
Monday 12:30- 2:10The Best American Short Stories, 2008__.
Salman Rushdie, Editor, Heidi Pitlor, Series Editor
T.C. Boyle .Admiral 2.Brockmeier, Kevin .The Year of Silence 3.Goodman, Allegra .Closely Held 4.Makkai, Rebecca .The Worst You Ever Feel 5.Mucenuddin, Danyal .Nawabdin Electrician 6.Munro,Alice.Child’s Play 7.Penkov, Miroslay .Buying Lenin 8.Russell, Karen .Vampires in the Lemon Grove
9.Sneed,, Christine .Quality of Life
10.Wolff, Tobias .Bible
1.Particiants, beginning with the leader share a short (one or two minutes) response to the story. (There should be no questions or interruptions. Some participants will love the story some will not. It is important for each to have their opinion honored.
2. The leader shares information about the author of the story.
3. Participants, beginning with the leader share more detailed responses to the story. They are urged to share parts of the story that they found meaningful, well written, or problematic. This section usually goes around the circle two times, one without cross-discussion and one informal discussion with questions and comments.
5. Participants make a connection between the story and their lives.