EASTON — The Chesapeake Forum will host experts in nonfiction and fiction literature in virtual classes this week.
Bev Williams will present “Hemingway: An Examination of Selected Short Stories” in three sessions.
Hemingway wrote often about hunting and fishing, war settings, bullfights and boxing, and domestic situations. Readers seem to either love his stories or hate them. In this course, participants will explore the import and highly dramatized tension created by his predominantly objective point of view, frequently in dialogue without any comment by the narrator.
Williams will discuss Hemingway’s fiction and how his life affected his writing. The aim of this course is to introduce some main themes that run throughout Hemingway’s fiction.
The focus will be on two stories for the first part of each session. Then Williams will gloss over the other stories for the session, linking them thematically and stylistically to the first two. He will then open the class to comments and questions.
Participants will receive excerpts from The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway in a PDF and the number of pages for each. Most stories are very brief.
Williams has taught English for high school and middle school with a focus on composition, grammar, literature and vocabulary, as well as strategies for study and retention. He has also been a guest lecturer at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Virginia.
Choose between live or recorded Zoom class sessions from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 10, 17 and 24. The cost of the course is $30.
Periodontist Stephen A. Goldman, DDS, knows newspapers. On Thursday, Feb. 11., he will discuss “Fighting Words: How Newspapers Reported the American Civil War from the Polarized Perspectives of North vs. South.”
The year 1861 began with the United States internally fractured as never before in its history. This polarization of thoughts, customs and politics led to the deadliest war in American history. This course will use the “magic carpet” of original historical newspapers to show visually how North and South covered the Civil War from very different perspectives in graphics, display and text.
For nearly 50 years, Goldman has been a serious collector of historical newspapers and their precursors. His extensive archive focuses on important historical events over the past seven centuries. His collection forms the nucleus of the News History Gallery at the NEWSEUM in Washington, D.C.
Choose between live or recorded Zoom class sessions from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. The cost is $10.
Nancy Hesser, Ph.D, will present “The Short End of the Shtick: Reading Flash Fiction” in three online sessions.
Power-packed and pared down, flash fiction and its kin — pocket, postcard, and palm-sized stories — can provide a refreshing option for today’s readers. This three-session course offers an international sampling of vivid “short shorts,” each under three pages, whose authors have swapped length for strength to build suspense, paint memorable portraits and evoke powerful emotions.
Discussion topics will include “Flash Back: How We Came Up Short,” and “Flash Freeze.” Readings will be provided via email.
Hesser has taught literature in the U.S., Congo and Mali. When not hanging out with her husband and canine companions in Dorchester County’s salt marshes, she may be found teaching short story courses for various lifelong learning programs, focusing on such themes as American regionalism, the Roaring 20s, Caribbean voices, bar room stories and flash fiction.
Choose between live or recorded Zoom class sessions from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 11, 18 and 25. The course costs $30.
Enrollment in each live Zoom course is limited. To register for courses, or for more information, visit chesapeakeforum.org or visit Chesapeake Forum on Facebook.