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Short Reads: Great Women Writers 

**Online by Zoom, Accepting New Members**

This CALL group is based on the idea that it is essential to hear both women’s and men’s voices. Historically, women’s voices were not valued.  As Elizabeth Lesser puts it in her book Cassandra Speaks, when women’s voices are heard, the full scope of human experience is shown.

The group focuses on the short fiction (and occasional non-fiction) of master women writers mainly from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries

The meetings pay close attention to such qualities as the narrator, tone, mood, theme, symbolism, imagery, word choice, character creation and motivation in order to deeply understand and learn from the writer’s vision.

Works will be chosen from such international award-winning writers as Alice Munro, Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing, Carol Shields, Joyce Carol Oates and Sharon Butala.  

Participants will have read the stories ahead of the meeting.  Group members are encouraged to choose an author and facilitate. Works will be sent to members as a PDF or a link.

When: Every third Thursday of the month



Zoom Online
10:00 - 11:30 am

Dates: Sept 19, 2024 - May 15, 2025
Min/Max: 7/18
Facilitators: Melvin Pasternak and Zina Rosso
Register:  Facilitator  If no response: right click, copy email address & send manual email to register.

Facilitators' Bios:  

Zina Rosso taught theatre in the Department of Drama at the University of Calgary.  She served on various committees and on the Board in the early years of CALL.  She has facilitated CALL to the Theatre for many years.

Melvin Pasternak taught the novel and short story at Mount Royal University.  He holds a Ph.D. in English.  In CALL, he has facilitated CALL to the Cinema for the past several years and has served on the CALL Board.

**You must be a member of CALL to register for this group**

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