First Year Experience

Paley Resident Seminar

  • In fall 2017, Diana Goetsch, Grace Paley Fellow at Eugene Lang College, taught the first-year seminar Writing as a Generalist:

    Writing as a Generalist (fall 2017): Writing as a generalist means having the confidence, and acquiring the craft, to tackle any subject. This might include science, politics, history, spirituality, sports, race, gender, Swedish metal bands, quilting, police tactics, stadium architecture, or the naming of horses. The assignments in this class are designed to stretch us as writers and as people. We will learn how to trust our own sense of wonder and how to engage the interest of ordinary readers — not with gimmicks or by posing as experts, but with sound craft, shoe leather, and a willingness to share our humanity. And we will learn from some of the great nonfiction practitioners — Annie Dillard, William Zinsser, Diane Ackerman, James Baldwin, Joan Didion, Joyce Carol Oates, John McPhee, Barry Lopez.

    Check back soon to learn about the course that will be offered by fall 2018's Grace Paley Fellow, Shobha Rao.