Spring 2012

Voice and Story: Shaping a Narrative

Greene,Anne F.

01/30/2012 - 05/04/2012
Monday 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Downey 100

This writing course will be useful to writers of fiction or literary nonfiction, and also to people who may be interested in writing personal projects, professional reports, or articles for general readers.

We will read a wide range of pieces-- from short stories and novels to journalistic essays, grant proposals, speeches, reports, academic papers, and editorials-- examining ways the writer has established a voice and arc of story that animates each piece. Readings will include pieces by Atul Gawande, Oliver Sacks, David Brooks, Brian Greene, Winston Churchill, Theodore Sorensen, Rebecca Skloot, George Orwell, and George Packer, as well as many others.

Writing assignments will include an introductory set of short, flexible assignments. No previous writing experience is required. Students can then focus on a prose project of their choice: this might be a short story or novel segment, or a family history, blog sequence, biographical sketch, or essay on a specialized topic. Students who already have a project in progress are welcome to continue working on it in the course.

Enrollment is limited to 18 students.

This course is not open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, February 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website for a complete list of registration and withdrawal dates for this session.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
HUMS 608

Anne Greene (B.A. Radcliffe College, M.A. Brandeis University) is adjunct professor of English, director of writing programs, and director of the Wesleyan Writers Conference. She was awarded the 2006 Binswanger prize for excellence in teaching. Click here for more information about Anne Greene.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Furman, Laura, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010, Anchor, ISBN 030-74-72361

Brooks, Geraldine and Pitlor, Heidi, The Best American Short Stories 2011, Mariner Books, ISBN 054-72-42166

Atwan, Robert and Gopnik, Adam, The Best American Essays 2008, Mariner, ISBN 061-89-83228

Groopman, Jerome and Cohen, Jesse, The Best American Science Writing 2010, Ecco, ISBN 006-18-52511

Hughes, Holly, Best Food Writing 2001, Marlowe & Company, ISBN 156-92-45770 (OPTIONAL)

Kimmelman, Michael, The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa, Penguin, ISBN 014-30-37331

Orwell, George, A Collection of Essays, Mariner, ISBN 015-61-86001

Skloot, Rebecca, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Broadway, ISBN 140-00-52181

Obreht, Tea, The Tiger's Wife: A Novel, Random House Trade Paperbacks, ISBN 038-53-43841

Adichie, Chimamanda, Half of a Yellow Sun, Anchor, ISBN 140-00-95204

Reading Materials are available at BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 Broad Street, Middletown, 860-685-7323 Order your books online

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