Special Topics in Literature

, Freelance writer (The Atlantic, NBC News) #binders

*NOTE: This class has evolved into The Craft of Literary Satire, which takes place Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. Please sign up for that session instead. Thanks!
 
Take a break from the digital worldlet's talk about literature. From satire to memoir to literary fiction, books are one of the most underrated forms of art. Join me as we revisit some of the most treasured masters of the written word.
 
I'll choose a different exemplary author per session. I'll bring excerpts of the writer's work, and we'll read his or her pieces, find out about the writer's background, and discuss our impressions of the text. What does he or she do well? Where does he or she fall short? What does the work reveal about the climate in which the author wrote these pieces?
 
No need to be an English major. I'll review what to look for when analyzing a literary work, and we'll go from there.
 
This will be a welcoming and engaging environment where we'll (re)learn how to read and comprehend a text. The content will change from session to session, so feel free to sign up for multiple classes.
 
Dorothy Parker (1893 – 1967) was an American poet, short story writer, and satirist, best known for her wit and her eye for 20th century urban foibles.
 
May 19: Joan Didion
Joan Didion (1934 - present) is an American author best known for her novels, literary journalism, and memoirs. Her novels and essays explore cultural chaos in America.

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You need not be an English major, but you should be comfortable discussing literature.
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Grace Bello

Freelance writer (The Atlantic, NBC News) #binders

Grace Bello is a freelance writer and writing teacher based in New York. Previously a full-time copywriter, she escaped the cubicle and now writes for whomever she wants to. Her humor writing has been published in McSweeney's and Splitsider.

Her articles have appeared in The AtlanticTime Out New YorkThe Awl, Bust, Publisher's WeeklyBookslut, and more. The Verge praised her interview for The Awl with comedian Chris Hardwick as "the best tech writing of the week." Most recently, she interviewed Stephin Merritt, lead singer of the band The Magnetic Fields, for The Awl.

She teaches literature on Sunday afternoons at the premier writers' and artists' salon The Oracle Club, and she previously taught fiction writing at 3rd Ward.

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