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"Looking at Welty Looking at Short Stories."

February 23, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Optional House Tours to Follow

Suzanne Marrs, Welty Foundation Scholar-in-Residence and Millsaps College emerita professor of English, and Michael Pickard, assistant professor of English and creative writing at Millsaps College will lead a discussion on the topic "Looking at Welty Looking at Short Stories." 

How do writers make short stories, and how should we read them? In this year's Welty Continuing Education Unit Workshop, we will take our search for answers to these perennial questions right to the source. Specifically, we will study Welty's 1949 essay "Looking at Short Stories" alongside three of the short stories that she discusses in this essay: D.H. Lawrence's "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," Anton Chekhov's "The Darling," and William Faulkner's "The Bear" (short version). By talking about these stories first in themselves and then as Welty uses them to illustrate her own ideas, we will aim to arrive at some of those confluences of insight that the author herself cherished. With Welty as our guide, we will come away with a better sense of what Lawrence, Chekhov, and Faulkner can do with the short story as a form of imaginative expression—and we will ask, in turn, what looking over Welty's shoulder at these stories can teach us about her own forays into short fiction.

The workshop will take place on February 23, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eudora Welty House & Garden Education and Visitor Center at 1109 Pinehurst Street, Jackson, MS 39202. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided, and you will have an opportunity to tour the Welty House at the conclusion of the CEU Workshop. 

We will be offering .5 CEU credit from Millsaps College for our seminar. Accreditation requirements mandate participation start to finish for those receiving credit—no tardiness or early departures permitted for CEU purposes.

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