Writing 197M: Hybrid Forms

Each spring, a nationally recognized professional writer is chosen to serve as the Mary Routt Chair of Writing, teaching a semester-long course in her specialty and delivering public lectures. The Scripps Writing Program is proud to present Meghan O’Rourke as the Spring 2013 Mary Routt Chair of Writing.

Meghan O’Rourke is the author of The Long Goodbye (Riverhead), a memoir about grief, and the poetry collections Once and Halflife (W.W. Norton). A former poetry editor for The Paris Review, she is also a culture critic for Slate magazine and a founding editor of the website Double X. She is the recipient of the 2008 May Sarton Poetry Prize. Her essays and poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry, 32 Poems, and more. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she grew up.

Writing 197M: Hybrid Forms (Ms. O’Rourke)

Spring 2013
W 2:45-5:30pm

This is a workshop with a focus on writing in hybrid forms – poetry influenced by fact; short fiction influenced by poetry, etc. No previous experience writing needed. Students will be introduced to basic (yet profound!) concepts of composition and revision and critique. The coursework consists of attending workshop, performing the required reading, and coming prepared to discuss the texts and the work of peers in a thoughtful manner. Participation in class is mandatory. By the end of class, the students will have a strong grasp of the formal considerations of poems, short fiction, and personal essays, and a sophisticated grasp of the history of blended work, the ways that ‘fact’ grounds both poetry and fiction. Course is open to all students.