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Semester and Year SP 2012
Course Number WRTNG-UG1026
Section 001
Instructor Christopher Bram
Days Fri
Time 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement


"I can never get enough of knowing about other people's lives," said William Maxwell. People love to read biography in many forms: fat books, short obituaries, newspaper feature stories, and magazine profiles. This class will explore the writing of short biography, how you can capture the spirit and shape of a person's life in a few hundred words. We will read a variety of writers, from Sigrid Nunez and Oliver Sacks to Janet Malcolm and Lawrence Weschler, to discover tools and methods. Students will write (and rewrite) four assignments, ranging from short personal snapshots to detailed book reviews to an interview-derived essay. We will discuss research techniques and ethical issues.



Course Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

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