Summer 2010

HUMS 625
Narrative Voices: Exercises for Writers of Nonfiction and Fiction

Greene,Anne F.

06/28/2010 - 07/30/2010
Monday & Wednesday 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Downey 100

In both fiction and nonfiction, the sounds of voices--talking or thinking--gives dramatic life to the work. This writing course offers students the chance to experiment with story-telling and commentary in a range of voices. Students interested in fiction writing may experiment with narrative voices, characterization, and point of view. Students interested in nonfiction might want to explore the uses of interviews, oral histories, family letters, or other material where voice is a prominent feature.

The syllabus offers a wide range of readings, including interviews by Studs Terkel; memoirs by Chris Offutt, Eudora Welty, and Chang-rae Lee; essays by Samuel Johnson and Virginia Woolf; collections of science and travel writing; and fiction by Grace Paley, Hemingway, W.G. Sebald, and Dostoevsky.

Course work includes both short writing exercises and one longer project, which might involve short fiction, a portion of a novel, a profile or biographical sketch, an interview collection, editorials, travel pieces, or analytical or personal essays. Students are invited to develop the assignments in a way that suits their interests.

Final grades will be based on students' progress in their written work and their contributions to class discussion.

New and experienced writers are both welcome.

This course is not open to auditors.

This course is offered during the 5 Week session; the deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund is Wednesday, June 30 at 5:00 pm.

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:
Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays

Mark Doty, Still Life With Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy

Salman Rushdie, ed., The Best American Short Stories 2008

Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby

Simon Winchester, ed., The Best American Travel Writing 2009

Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

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