Life and Story (R)
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Writing
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3876
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Non-fiction
Most writers, especially in their early work, draw from personal experience. In this class, we explore what happens when you use material from life as a source for stories. How do writers transform real experience into imaginative writing? How do a writer’s memories become a work of fiction? What is the difference between the self who narrates an event from the past and the self who actually lived through it? How is it possible for a work to be autobiographical and anti-autobiographical at the same time, or for confessional writing to avoid narcissistic self-absorption? Among the writers whose work will be discussed are Tobias Wolfe, Alice Munro, Jamaica Kincaid, Grace Paley,William Maxwell, and David Bezmozgis.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.