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The Company You Keep: Tackling Writing Themes with the Masters

Some themes in literature are written about again and again, no matter the writer’s era, genre, or language. Love and war, death and dying, returning home—these themes have driven stories and novels by countless writers. In this course, try your hand at incorporating these perennial themes into your own writing. The course will alternate between sessions in which we read and discuss short stories that utilize these themes and classes that serve as writing workshops. Apply the concepts discussed when analyzing short stories to your own writing, which then is workshopped in the following class. Among the writers to be discussed are Sherman Alexie, John Cheever, Dennis Lehane, Edwidge Danticat, Salman Rushdie, George Saunders, Ruth Rendell, Amy Bloom, Ben Okri, and Kazuo Ishiguro.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased familiarity with perennial themes in literature
  • Your own workshopped short stories inspired by themes used by master writers

Ideal for

  • Writers of all levels
  • The curious and creative
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.