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New York Stories: A Writing Workshop

New York City has influenced generations of authors and continues to be a center of the literary arts today. In this course, we’ll read the work of the more-distant past—Herman Melville’s nightmarish vision of white-collar life on Wall Street, Edith Wharton’s and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s dark critiques of high society, the musicality of Harlem Renaissance writers, the wit of humorists at The New Yorker, the iconoclastic stylings of the beatniks. We also will acquaint ourselves with more contemporary visions of this city, from writers such as Patti Smith, Colson Whitehead, and Jonathan Lethem, among others. Inspired by these voices and by their own experiences with the city, try your own hand at writing stories, poems, or narrative nonfiction in response. Each student will produce and revise a portfolio of short pieces that demonstrates engagement with the course’s authors, concepts, and techniques.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with some of the high points of NYC literary history
  • An understanding of how New York City continues to be reinterpreted and reimagined by authors

Ideal for

  • Aspiring writers, voracious readers, and those looking to explore NYC
  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.