Interested students of all majors are encouraged to submit applications midway through the semester prior to the one in which they wish to enroll. Please fill out and submit the online application below, which will explain additional requirements (cover letter, writing samples, etc.).

Application for Fall/Spring Harman Writer-In-Residence Workshops

UPCOMING SPRING 2016

HARMAN WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE

AMITAV GHOSH

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

Stories, Lost and Found

Stories based on lost, secret, recovered and invented documents have a long history of success. The classic Henry James novella, The Aspern Papers, is one such; other more recent examples are Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose and Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.

In this beginner’s level writing course participants will be encouraged to write in this vein, using materials of their choice. These could either be of a personal nature (for example: letters, family archives, old photographs, diaries, holiday journals and videos,  and so on), or they could be publicly available caches of documents, like those released by Wikileaks. Participants will also be free to create imaginary archival materials of whatever kind they wish – textual, musical, visual – so long as they lead to a story. These narratives need not be purely textual: experiments with hybrid forms, incorporating text, music, images and video, will be welcomed.  

Every project will be workshopped in class, leading to a final presentation at the end of the semester.  Assignments will include a few writing exercises, based on actual archival materials: captivity journals, biblical fragments and so on. We will also read some classic archival narratives like Elaine Pagels’ The Gnostic Gospels, W.G.Sebald’s The Emigrants and Janet Malcolm’s In the Freud Archives.

 

 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6

 

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