Spring 2005
Fully Enrolled

HUMS 623
Distinguished Writers/New Voices: Models for Writing Fiction and Nonfiction

Greene,Anne F.

01/24/2005 - 05/07/2005
Monday 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM

Downey 100

Offered in conjunction with the spring 2008 Distinguished Writers series, this writing course will study--for technique and inspiration--the work of contemporary writers whom the program brings to speak on campus. Readings include pieces by these speakers as well as a range of other authors. The course has two components: classes meet on Monday evenings for the writing course, and on several Wednesdays the writers will read and discuss their work. Students are required to attend at least four such readings. The guest speakers will include fiction writers and writers of nonfiction, including award winning Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie, award winning writer Andre Aciman, political journalist Philip Gourevitch, and music critic Alex Ross.

The guest speakers will include fiction writers, poets, and writers of nonfiction, among them the award-winning journalists Anna Quindlen and Tina Rosenberg (winner of a MacArthur fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize). A list of visiting speakers will be available on the GLSP Web site in November. Course readings will include works by such writers as Alexandra Fuller, Alexander Chee, W.G.Sebald, Robert Stone, Edward P. Jones, and Matthew Sharpe.

Writers at all levels of accomplishment are welcome. Class assignments will include exercises with new techniques as well as continuation of writing projects already underway. Students may choose to work on short or long fiction, narrative or personal essays, memoir, profiles, or journalistic pieces. Evaluation will be based on progress shown in the writing and contributions to class discussion.

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: Lecture / Discussion

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Joan Didion, SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM (Noonday Press), Paperback

Linh Dinh, BLOOD AND SOAP (Seven Stories Press), Paperback

Anne Fadiman, THE SPIRIT CATCHES YOU (Noonday), Paperback

William Finnegan, COLD NEW WORLD (Modern Library), Paperback

Ian Jack, GRANTA BOOK OF REPORTAGE (Granta Books), Paperback

Louis Menand, BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2004 (Houghton Mifflin), Paperback

Lorrie Moore, THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2004 (Houghton Mifflin), Paperback

Tina Rosenberg, HAUNTED LAND (Vintage), Paperback

Eric Schlosser, REEFER MADNESS (Mariner), Paperback

Jason Wilson, THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2004 (Houghton Mifflin), Paperback


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