Spring 2009
Fully Enrolled

HUMS 624
Place, Character, and Design

Greene,Anne F.

01/26/2009 - 05/04/2009
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 interested in these questions, including Andre Aciman, Vladimir Nabokov, Henry James, George Orwell, Robert Stone, Deborah Eisenberg, Edward P. Jones, Brian Doyle, Junichiro Tanizaki, Joan Didion, Charles Bowden, Mark Doty, Linh Dinh, Dubravka Ugresic, and Jess Row.

Students are welcome to adapt the writing assignments to suit their own interests, which might take the form of short fiction or a novel, an essay, memoir, character profile, social commentary, travel sketch or family history.

This course is not open to auditors.

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:
Best American Essays 2005 / Houghton Mifflin

Best American Short Stories 2004 / Houghton Mifflin

Michael Ondaatje, Anil's Ghost /Vintage

Katha Pollitt, Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories / Random House paperback

Conde Nast Traveler Book of Unforgettable Journeys/ Penguin

Andre Aciman, Call Me By Your Name / Picador

Mark Doty, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon / Beacon

Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem / Noonday

Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis / Pantheon

Robert Stone, Bear and His Daughter / Mariner

Additional short readings (photocopies) will be distributed in class.

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