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Best American Short Stories

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Short story author Maura Stanton describes a class discussion of a short story as “a web of thought and
talk. Sometimes the web is intricate and brilliant and everyone contributes their shiny strands, and you
end up with something surprising and new.” In this class, our discussions often leads us to thoughts that
are surprising and new. We deepen our understanding of the stories — maybe even of ourselves — and
in the process, we have a lot of fun. During the semester, we will explore a diverse group of contemporary
writers and their stories. We will use two short story collections: O. Henry Prize Stories (Anchor, 2015)
and Best American Short Stories (Mariner, 2015). In addition, class members may elect to share their
favorite American stories from other sources. Preparation for each session entails thorough reading of
one or two stories. In addition, each participant is asked to choose a date to lead the class in discussing
a story once during each semester. We have extended an open invitation to locally-based writers of the
stories to attend a class and share their insights with us — a semester highlight whenever it occurs.

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Mon

500 Davis Center

MultipleInstructor :
1.Randee Phillips2.Sandy Robbins3.Donald DeRoche 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/13/2021 - 12/13/2021 Weekly - Mon 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Donald DeRoche  ; Sandy Robbins  ; Randee Phillips 
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