Writing Women: Short Fiction and the Struggle for Selfhood


3:10 PM – 4:10 PM

9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18

What is the women’s experience and who gets to tell it?  Through the genre of the short story we read authors who give language and imagery to the female experience, expose lives of struggle, risk-taking, humor and fun while forever needing to push against the boundaries of   the status quo. These authors examine the inner lives of working class women and the privileged, as they have been careful observers of their worlds.   Their writings, from the 1800s to the present, are as diverse as the tales they tell, but are alike in their capability to reveal the   powerful determination of women as they grow into selfhood.  Understanding women’s ways of being through fictional narratives invite today’s women to consider their own selfhood and how it’s informed by historical truths.  Participants read two short stories each week focusing on content, inviting analytical reading and vibrant discussions about the rich and complex lives of women.

6 sessions starting Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 3:10 PM


Syllabus: Writing Women: Short Fiction and the Struggle for Selfhood 
Patricia Spoor  

  • Week 1:  Introduction and a reading   
  • Week 2:  Freedom from Cultural Boundaries
  • Week 3:  Women’s Bodies
  • Week 4:  Women’s Ambition   
  • Week 5:  Women and Sexuality
  • Week 6:  Women and Education

Facilitator: Pat Spoor

Pat Spoor has enjoyed a long career in education, first in modern dance, later in Christian Education and, after retirement, an MA in Women’s Studies from SCSU . Pat’s passion is the study of women’s lives and their history.  She teaches at LLI and other community venues.