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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

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Otis Graduate Writing is Major Sponsor at AWP2016

Otis Graduate Writing is Major Sponsor at AWP2016
Los Angeles, March 30-April 2, 2016

 

Otis College of Art and Design's Graduate Writing program is a major sponsor at AWP2016, the annual Bookfair and Conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, which is expected to draw 15,000 visitors to the LA Convention Center and JW Marriott Hotel from Thursday March 31-Saturday April 2, 2016. 

Alumna Jessica M. Wilson

Alumna Jessica M. Wilson (’07 MFA Writing) is a writer, poet, and founder of the Los Angeles Poet Society, an organization that bridges the arts with local communities. Her new book, Serious Longing, is the first English language book of poetry for Swan World, an imprint of Editions du Cygne in Paris, France.

WRIT790 Thesis

A sample of a book-length, publishable project of prose or poetry supervised by the department chair and faculty. The work (100 pgs. of prose, 40 pgs. of poetry) will be submitted to a faculty committee for final approval.

WRIT710 Tutorial: The Writing Life II

Each graduate student will be paired with a Graduate Writing faculty member who is a practitioner in the student’s area of greatest interest. The student and Faculty member will meet one-on-one four to five times during the semester to review student work and discuss related directed reading, and for counseling in the practice of writing, which may include everything from manuscript submission and querying agents to a broader discussion of how the student will be able to sustain an active post-degree writing life. This course may be repeated for credit.

WRIT789 Visiting Writers

A series of talks, 7- 8 per semester, featuring visiting poets, fiction writers and essayists from the U.S. and abroad who read and discuss their own work and aspects of contemporary literary culture. A question and answer period follows each talk. This course may be repeated for credit.

WRIT750 Literary Seminar

These in-depth seminars focus on particular issues or currents in contemporary fiction and poetry, with topics selected from various international literary traditions (e.g., “Poetry’s Public” or “The Ethics of Fiction”)or monographic courses on such figures as Gertrude Stein, William Faulkner, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, or Eudora Welty. This course may be repeated for credit.

WRIT610 Tutorial: The Writing Life I

Each graduate student will be paired with a Graduate Writing faculty member who is a practitioner in the student’s area of greatest interest. The student and Faculty member will meet one-on-one four to five times during the semester to review student work and discuss related directed reading, and for counseling in the practice of writing, which may include everything from manuscript submission and querying agents to a broader discussion of how the student will be able to sustain an active post-degree writing life. This course may be repeated for credit.

WRIT730 Writing Colloquium

A team-taught multi-genre reading seminar developed through a series of Faculty-student conversations in the previous semester that will focus on a literary and-or cultural topic or topics of common interest. While the Faculty will ultimately determine the reading list, the students will help give shape to the course. This course may be repeated for credit.

WRIT702 Writing Workshop II

A two-year, team-taught, multi-genre workshop sequence in which students may submit manuscripts in any area of interest (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, etc.) for critique. This course may be repeated for credit.

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