Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW)



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Tony Grooms, MFA


H William Rice, Ph.D.


"Mezze" is a middle-eastern custom similar to "tea" in the United Kingdom or "happy hour" in the United States. A variety of little foods for snacking at the end of the day. My Capstone offers a variety of short stories for one's reading pleasure.What I like about fiction writing is the guilt free, guileless freedom to tell a little lie and then grow it into a really big one! My sole purpose as a fiction is to entertain. the reader may smile or chuckle. I certainly hope that one's heart will be lighter and that one will feel a bit more comfortable in their own skin than they did only minutes before. "Minutes" being the operant word here...ergo the short story.This semester of Capstone has been one of personal revelation. As a writer long hours of solitude and isolation have led me to an internal resonance previously unknown to me.My Capstone adviser, Tony Grooms, described my way of writing is known as "intuitive" writing. Events and characters develop on their own as the story falls onto the page. These four stories in my Capstone are fiction, developed from my imagination.