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Writers on Writing


Readers often wonder how writers get their ideas and what is their approach. Author, Philip Pullman, answers some of those questions in his fascinating book Daemon Voices. We will also look at samples of other well-known authors' ideas about the art of writing, including Virginia Woolf, Wallace Stegner, Anton Checkov, Annie Dillard, Margaret Atwood, Susan Sontag, and Ursula Le Guin. Each has a personal idiosyncratic style and can write riveting prose on any topic, but particularly on writing. Note: This is not a writing course. It is for anyone interested in the way an author works to complete a novel. This course does not meet on Wednesday, September 19.

Instructor Bio:

Pauline Hallam Mason is a retired Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Feminist Theory. She taught in Slovakia, Hungary, and Armenia and then for the University of Maine from 2001 to 2009. She holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Nottingham, UK and an MA in Gender and Culture from the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. Writers and writing have been a constant influence throughout her life.

Required Reading:

Course reading will be in the form of weekly handouts.

Recommended Reading:

Pullman, Philip. Daemon Voices, 2017. Sontag, Susan. Where the Stress Falls, 2001. Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own, 1989.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A603 Pauline Mason Sept 12, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 We 10:00-11:30 a.m. The R. R. Smith Center A

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