Program Details

The Great American Short Story Club, Part III 1989-1996

Caren Neile

Course Description

Back by popular demand for a third season! Here's your chance to be part of a small circle of smart, like-minded people engaged in lively discussions about outstanding and important contributions to American literature. Learn about stories and authors that have been long admired but also deserve to be read and appreciated again today for their style, insights, and intelligence. Prepare to look at our nation's literature in a way you may never have before: as a blueprint for living a thoughtful, meaningful life. Stories, author bios, and optional talking points are provided each week. Feel free to participate or simply sit back and enjoy. Class size is limited.


  1. Sandra Cisneros: "Woman Hollering Creek" (1991)
  2. Sherman Alexie: "This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" (1993)
  3. Joyce Carol Oates: "Ghost Girls" (1995)
  4. Jeffrey Eugenides: "Air Mail" (1997)

About the Instructor

  • Caren Schnur Neile, Ph.D., MFA, has taught storytelling studies and writing at FAU and other institutions worldwide for over two decades. Her publications include the books "Peninnah's World: A Jewish Life in Stories" and, with Sam Ron, "A Jewish Journey." Dr. Neile has ghostwritten and edited memoirs and other work for numerous clients, and she is featured in books such as "The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies" and "The Power of Words." She was a founding editor of the international academic journal "Storytelling, Self, Society," and is past chair of the National Storytelling Network. Dr. Neile appears weekly on the public radio WLRN segment "The Public Storyteller" and contributes a bi-weely column to the Sun-Sentinel. She has taught and performed in seven countries and 10 states.