Spring 2007
Fully Enrolled

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

Greene,Anne F.

01/22/2007 - 05/05/2007
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.

Course readings will include works by these speakers and by such writers as Dubravka Ugresic, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Jennifer Gonnerman, John McPhee, Joan Didion, Roya Hakakian, Chris Offutt, George Packer, Deborah Eisenberg, Alexander Chee, and Jess Row.

Class assignments will include short exercises emphasizing new techniques as well as a longer piece. Assignments may be adjusted if students have ongoing projects they would like to continue. 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.

Writers at all levels of accomplishment are welcome.

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:
Vivian Gornick, FIERCE ATTACHMENTS (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Paperback

Roya Hakakian, JOURNEY FROM THE LAND OF NO (Three Rivers Press), Paperback

Barbara Kingsolver, BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2001 (Houghton Mifflin), Paperback

Jhumpa Lahiri, INTERPRETER OF MALADIES (Mariner Books), Paperback

Adrian LeBlanc, RANDOM FAMILY (Scribner), Paperback

Phillip Lopate, ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY (Anchor), Paperback

Kathleen Norris, BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2001 (Houghton Mifflin), Paperback

Jess Row, THE TRAIN TO LO WU (Dial Press), Paperback

Leslie Silko, CEREMONY (Penguin), Paperback


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