Date of Award


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


English and Theatre

First Advisor

Young Smith

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre


This project is a series of reality-based fictitious short stories about a group of rowdy musicians. Many of the characters and events are based on real people and occurrences intermingled with fiction to create a fast paced work focusing on dialogue and action while avoiding excessive exposition. I do this by using multi-purpose dialogue that includes elements necessary to further plot, create conflict, develop character, and to keep the action moving. Since the work is a series of short stories I concentrate on being sure that the stories have either a strong point or a change in the characters in order to prevent the stories from becoming anecdotal. I also pay attention to the use of theme to strengthen the fictitious aspects of the project.