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.).

Apply below for our Fall '19 Writer-in-Residence Beth Macy's Writing from the Margins: Outsiders and Underdogs Course!


bWriting from the Margins: Outsiders and Underdogs

In this course, students will mine the present and past for untold stories and unlikely heroes; read and write narratives that illuminate social issues and inspire change; and delve into the basic building block of nonfiction reporting — talking to strangers, then reading widely and talking to more strangers, and, finally, making connections to explain our changing world. Readings will include works by Bryan Stevenson, Katherine Boo, Jesmyn Ward, Kiese Laymon, Tracy Kidder, and Matthew Desmond.


                   Beth Macy

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Beth Macy is the author of three bestselling nonfiction books about marginalized people in America. Based in southwest Virginia for three decades, her reporting has won many national awards, including a J. Anthony Lukas prize and a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism from Harvard. Her 2018 book, “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America,” was called a “masterwork of narrative nonfiction” in The New York Times and named to more than a dozen Best Books of 2018 lists.




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