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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.

n the September to December period, the facilitators will choose works 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.  Each month, between September and December, a short work by one of these authors will be sent you as a PDF or a link and we will facilitate the discussion.  Between January and April members are encouraged to choose a story of their own and facilitate.

When: Every third Thursday of the month



Zoom Online
10:00 - 11:30 am


Sep 21 - May 16, 2024

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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