WRITINGAs a Wesleyan student, you are joining a vibrant community of writers. Acclaimed contemporary writers teach an array of outstanding courses, and students develop their critical writing across the curriculum. Poets, essayists, journalists, and fiction writers visit campus throughout the year, offering readings, workshops, colloquia, and informal discussions about writing. Writing prizes recognize exceptional student work and support independent summer writing projects. Students also edit and publish more than a dozen publications that showcase creative writing, journalism and academic essays.
The Shapiro Creative Writing Center, which opened in fall 2009 with a gift from John M. Shapiro ’74 and Shonni J. Silverberg, M.D. ’76, provides students with new opportunities for writing on campus. Located on the third floor of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Shapiro Center includes a lounge for student writers, classrooms, writing faculty offices, and an event room.
The Russell House and Distinguished Writers Series, the Koeppel Journalism programs, the Annie Sonnenblick Lecture, and other events offer students a chance to hear distinguished contemporary writers read and discuss their work. Students are invited to participate in intimate discussions with visiting writers before the events. Recent visitors include Elie Wiesel, William Finnegan, Susan Howe, Michael Ondaatje, Junot Diaz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Art Spiegelman, and Yusef Komunyakaa.
Celebrated writer Amy Bloom ’75, author of Away and Where the God of Love Hangs Out, has recently joined the Wesleyan faculty as the Kim-Frank Family University Writer.
Other distinguished alumni writers include:
• Daniel Handler ’92 aka Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events
• Matthew Weiner ’87, Emmy-winning executive producer and writer for The Sopranos and Mad Men
• Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist of In the Heights
• Sebastian Junger ’84, author of The Perfect Storm and War
Writing across campus includes:
• Writing Courses offered in many departments and programs
• The Creative Writing Concentration for English majors
• The Writing Certificate for students in any major
• The Russell House and Distinguished Writers Series
• The Writing Workshop
• The Wesleyan Writers Conference
• Koeppel Journalism courses
• Arts, film, music panels
• Writing Hall & Writing House: student residences
• Prizes and Fellowships awarded for student writing