Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Short Story


Price for Members: $60
Price for Non-Members: $90
Date/Time: Weds. Jan. 20, 27, Feb 3, 10 & 17    10:30 am  – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Marianna Matthews, M.A., English, CSUEB, lecturer in English, Chabot College
Location:  ONLINE

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Course Description

Think the short story is only found in first-year English courses or the pages of the New Yorker?  Not so.  Ms. Matthews invites you to indulge your love of reading without the, sometimes, overwhelming book club obligation of a full volume each session.  

You’ll explore classic literary elements like setting, character, conflict, and symbolism to hone your appreciation of how authors create memorable short fictions.  Ms. Matthews will also provide brief biographical sketches of the authors and describe the contexts in which they wrote. 

She’ll lead discussions focusing on one story per meeting, beginning with, Willa Cather’s “A Death in the Desert” from the Oxford Book of American Short Stories.  It’s time to take a “short cut” and deepen your love of reading with Ms. Matthews and OLLI.


Event Details

Date: 2021-01-20

Start time: 10:30 a.m.

End time: 12:30 p.m.

Venue: Online


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