Place, Character, and Design
09/10/2007 - 12/10/2007
Monday 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Special Schedule: July 4th Holiday makeup class will be held Friday, July 6 from 2:00-5:00pm.
This course offers a rich and varied reading list and a chance to write and experiment, with careful editing of one's work. We welcome a diverse group of participants: people who have professional or personal goals or projects, aspiring writers who have just begun, and experienced writers refining their craft. The assignments are flexible and will suit each student's interests. Whether you are writing a novel, journalism, a memoir, or a grant proposal, we will focus on issues central to the work: how to establish your narrator's voice or characters' presence, place your piece, develop style and design, and connect with readers.
Previous Graduate Liberal Studies students who participated in this class have turned their work into published pieces of fiction and non-fiction, as well as award-winning professional projects.
Readings include works by writers who are particularly concerned with issues of place and character, including Charles Dickins, Henry James, and a range of more contemporary authors, including Edward P. Jones, Junichiro Tanizaki, Joan Didion, Charles Bowden, Mark Doty, Ben Marcus, Linh Dinh, Dubravka Ugresic, Uzodinma Iweala, and Jess Row.
Students are welcome to adapt the writing exercises to suit their own interests, which might include writing short fiction, memoirs, biography, profiles, social commentary, family history, or travel sketches.
For the first class meeting, students should have read Charles Dickens, NICHOLAS NICKLEBY. The book was published in sections, and therefore should be read in chunks on a daily basis.
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
|Level: GLSP||Credits: 3||Enrollment Limit: 18|
Texts to purchase for this course:
Charles Dickens, NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (Penguin Classics), Paperbck
Joan Didion, SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM (Flamingo), Paperback
Nadine Gordimer, JULY'S PEOPLE (Longman Publishing Group), Paperback
Vivian Gornick, FIERCE ATTACHMENTS (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux), Paperback
Henry James, THE SPOILS OF POYNTON (Oxford University Press), Paperback
Michael Ondaatje, IN THE SKIN OF A LION (Vintage Press), Paperback
Ann Patchett, BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2006 (Houghton Mifflin), Paperback
Lauren Slater, BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2006 (Houghton Mifflin), Paperback
READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323 Order your books online
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