Spring 2016

The First Person

Listed in: English, as ENGL-256


Amity W. Gaige (Section 01)


The First Person is a creative writing course focusing on the personal essay and memoir.  The class will be centered around the writing workshop, in which students closely read and critique one another’s creative works.  Extensive weekly reading and weekly written exercises will be required.  Our published readings will include works such as Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home:  A Family Tragicomic, J.R. Ackerley’s My Father and Myself, and Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle.

Previous writing experience and previous literature courses are recommended.  Limited enrollment.  Please consult the Creative Writing Center website for information on admission to this course.  Spring semester.  Visiting Writer Gaige.

If Overenrolled: Keep registration open, and the instructor will choose from among the registrants on the basis of a writing sample. The instructor will choose students with a lively engagement with literary language and a wide variety of life experience.


Artistic Practice, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016