While novels may chart dynastic drama over centuries, the short story is ideally suited to capture key points in personal development – a vivid childhood memory, an “aha” moment, a challenging transition.  The short fiction to be discussed in “How They Grew” paints arresting signposts on the path to maturity, including Catechism, Clubs, Facts of Life, and Work. Participants will receive readings via email.

Coming of age or coming to grips?  Personal discovery and rites of passage offer enduring sources of inspiration for writers the world over.  “How They Grew: Short Stories of Initiation” provides a forum for discussing evocative fiction showcasing a variety of identities and cultures.

Feedback from other courses with Nancy:

“Flash fiction is a genre of which I was not previously aware, and I much enjoyed reading these stories. The commentary and discussion were interesting. I look forward to more of this.”

“My first time in a zoom class and found it was a more intimate experience than I expected. I liked seeing their faces directly in front of me and I could concentrate on what they were saying better than having them sit along side me or behind me, etc. I also found it easier for me to speak before others which has always been a problem for me.”

“The great stories that Nancy selected produced thought-provoking discussions.”

“Nancy’s course provides a great variety of readings across many cultures. She is very well informed and asks provocative questions while allowing for easy discourse from participants. I enjoy her courses very much.”

HYBRID COURSE.  You may attend in-person at the Easton Peachblossom YMCA, by Zoom, or Recording

4 Sessions |Thursdays | Feb 17, 24, Mar 3, 10 | 10:30-noon | $40

Nancy Hesser, Ph.D.

Nancy Hesser, Ph.D., has taught literature in the US, DR Congo, and Mali. She lives with her husband and canine companions in the salt marshes of south Dorchester County. Her short story courses for various Eastern Short programs have focused on American regionalism, the Roaring 20s, African voices, Central America, the Caribbean, foodies, drunkards, and flash fiction, among other subjects.

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