Date of Award

Fall 12-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

M.O. Walsh

Second Advisor

Nicholas Mainieri

Third Advisor

Carolyn Hembree


In the following thesis, titled “Becoming a Constellation,” nine short stories navigate themes of womanhood and illustrate the ways in which life experiences shape a person. Each piece occurs in the fictional Louisiana town of St. Denis and explores setting as an integral piece of character development. The narratives offer a glimpse into the lives of several young women as they grapple with inevitable change and difficult relationships while becoming the women they choose to be.


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