Thursday, September 30, 2010

Writers House Fellows seminar, spring 2011 (Mondays 2-5)

Note: Admission to this course is by permission of the instructor only. Applicants should contact Jamie-Lee Josselyn at

This is the 13th annual Kelly Writers House Fellows Seminar, which features visits by very eminent writers as "Fellows" of the Kelly Writers House, the student-conceived writing arts collaborative at 3805 Locust Walk. The seminar is taught by Professor Al Filreis, Kelly Professor of English and Faculty Director of the Writers House, and will include extended visits to the class by Edward Albee, Susan Cheever and Marjorie Perloff. Cheever is a memoirist, novelist, and essayist, with a new biography of Louisa May Alcott, and has written powerfully about her father, John Cheever. Marjorie Perloff, whom many say has been the most influential critic and supporter of experimental writing in the U.S. and has written a memoir of her family's escape from the Nazis and the intellectual legacy of that exile. Albee is widely considered to be, simply, the greatest living American playwright. Throughout the semester we will study the work of these three writers—and some of the materials "around" them that make the particular contemporary context in which each operates so compelling. Enrollment in the course is strictly limited. Students will be enrolled only by permit of the instructor and are asked to send a one- or two-paragraph statement by email to describing why they want to participate in this project and what academic (or perhaps non-academic) experience makes them especially eligible. Participants will write frequent short position papers; will engage in collaborative projects following up each of the Fellows' visits; will be involved in interviewing the three Fellows; and will take a comprehensive final examination. Participants must be available on three Tuesday mornings during the semester. The Writers House Fellows program is made possible by a generous grant from Paul Kelly.