07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W
Horizon Hall 1009
Section Information for Fall 2022
What are the boundaries we need to observe when we write about people whose lives are intertwined with ours by family ties or by other long-term commitments? How can we write with honesty without infringing on their privacy or hurting their feelings (Or: is that even possible)? What is the difference between speaking the truth and airing one’s long-held resentments? These and other questions will be asked. Answers will be attempted by reading memoirs and personal essays by published writers and looking at the choices these writers made in their narrative structure, perspective, character development, scene construction, sense of place and time, using research, balancing narrative and reflection, etc. Writers whose books are considers may include: Vivian Gornick, Jamaica Kincaid, Lucas Mann, Mike Scalise. We will also read from anthologies of shorter works by various writers. The course is intended for MFA students in any genre. All others are required to obtain the instructor’s permission to register.
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Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Junior Plus, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.
Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.
Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.