Fall 2007
Fully Enrolled

HUMS 624
Place, Character, and Design

Greene,Anne F.

09/10/2007 - 12/10/2007
Monday 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM

Downey 100

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

Format: Seminar

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


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