Do you feel frustrated when an interesting story ends without a definitive conclusion?
In this course we will explore how an open ending can be a powerful narrative strategy,
especially when considering unresolved relationships, incomplete growth, and the
indeterminate consequences of our behavior or beliefs. Using some beautifully crafted,
subtle and emotionally engaging stories by Tobias Wolfe, Tessa Hadley, Jane Gardem
and others, we will examine this tantalizing technique, and in the process perhaps learn
something about our own lives too.
Elizabeth Young holds a PhD in English, University of Michigan, and MSW, Springfield College. She is a psychotherapist in
private practice in Great Barrington. Past positions include Professor, Department of English, California State University in
Long Beach, and Bereavement Care Coordinator at HospiceCare in the Berkshires.
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