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The Kelly Writers House Fellows Seminar

ENGL 2092.401
also offered as: GSWS 2092
Monday 1:45-4:44pm


This is the 23rd annual Kelly Writers House Fellows Seminar, which features visits by eminent writers as “Fellows” of the Kelly Writers House, the student-conceived writing arts collaborative at 3805 Locust Walk. The seminar is taught by Al Filreis, Kelly Professor of English and Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House, co-taught this year by Simone White, Stephen M. Gorn Family Assistant Professor of English. This course will include extended visits to the class by poet, essayist, and scholar Joan Retallack; essayist, novelist, artist, and performer Wayne Koestenbaum; and #1 New York Times bestselling author of YA and middle-grade novels Jason Reynolds. Throughout the semester we will study and comprehensively discuss the work of these three writers — their relationship to each other and to the contemporary world. Requirements include weekly reading assignments, frequent “position” papers, projects which follow-up on each of our Fellow’s visits, and an individualized essay final examination. The course will be held in the Arts Cafe of the Kelly Writers House.


English Major Requirements
  • Sector 1 Theory and Poetics (AETP)
  • Sector 6 20th & 21st Centuries (AE20)
English Concentration Attributes
  • 20th-21st Century Concentration (AE21)
College Attributes
Additional Attributes