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Writers House Fellows Seminar: Richard Ford, Cynthia Ozick & Ian Frazier

ENGL 274.301
instructor(s):
M 2-5


This is the eight 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 Richard Ford (a novelist who won the
Pulitzer Prize for Independence Day), Cynthia Ozick (the most
eminent living Jewish-American writer), and Ian Frazier (brilliant
nonfiction writer long affiliated with the New Yorker magazine).

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 afilreis@writing.upenn.edu 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 team projects following up each of the Fellows'
visits; will be involved in interviewing the three Fellows; and will take a
comprehensive final examination. The Writers House Fellows program is made
possible by a generous grant from Paul Kelly.