SJU Writing Studies Summer 2016 Course Info

Registration for summer 2016 begins on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:00 am. Here are the offerings:

 

Eleanor Stanford

Eleanor Stanford

Summer I: May 16 – June 24, 2016

ENG 669: Poetry (Area II) – Monday/Wednesday

Instructor: Eleanor Stanford

Hours: two nights per week, 18:30-21:45

Poetry, many would agree, is language at its most intense and most alive. It asks us to push ourselves linguistically, spiritually, emotionally, with more intensity than perhaps any other genre. What better form, then, for any writer to learn from and engage with? In this course, we will read across a wide variety of styles, time periods, and cultures. We will consider what we can learn from these poems, as readers, writers and as human beings, that we can apply to other aspects of our work and our lives. We will also try our hands at writing many different kinds of poems as part of the workshop. This course fulfills Area II, Rhetoric & Composition.

Maureen Saraco

Maureen Saraco

Summer II: June 27-August 7, 2015

ENG 680: Writing the Grant Proposal (Area III) hybrid class – Mondays online/ Wednesdays in person

Instructor: Maureen Saraco

Hours: one night per week, 18:30-21:45

 

“Writing the Grant Proposal” is a hybrid course that will meet once a week on campus; the second weekly meeting will take place online. ENG 680 will introduce students to the fundamentals of grant writing, a critical part of working in the nonprofit sector (as well as in academia, the arts, and research). Successful nonprofit grant writers raise the money to allow an organization’s programs and specific projects to move forward, to facilitate growth and the achievement of key objectives, and, in many cases, to quite literally keep the doors open. Functioning primarily as a workshop, the course will pair each student with a local nonprofit organization, for which the student will serve as a “consultant.” By the end of the course, each student will have written a full grant proposal for his or her organization. The course will primarily emphasize developing convincing and compelling language for each piece of the grant proposal, but students can also expect to learn about a typical grant-making process and about how to conduct research to generate a strong proposal and to find appropriate funders. This course fulfills Area III, Professional Writing.

If you have any questions, contact Director Tenaya Darlington at tdarling@sju.edu or Heather Foster at hfoster@sju.edu.

 

2016 Villanova University Literary Festival

Here is the line-up for the 2016 Villanova University Literary Festival.  All readings are at 7pm and are followed by a reception and book signing.  The festival is free and open to the public.  

 

Gregory Pardlo

January 28: Gregory Pardlo

Cinema, Connelly Center

Gregory Pardlo’s ​collection​ Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest​ was also shortlisted for the​ 2015 NAACP Image Award and is a current finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors​ include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. Pardlo’s poems appear in​ The NationPloughshares, ​Tin HouseT​he Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American PoetryBest American Poetry, and elsewhere. Pardlo lives with his family in Brooklyn.

Daniel Torday

February 11:  Daniel Torday

Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library

Daniel Torday is the author of the novel The Last Flight of Poxl West. His novella, The Sensualist, won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction. Torday’s stories and essays have appeared in Esquire Magazinen+1, The New York TimesThe Paris Review Daily and Tin House. A former editor at Esquire, Torday serves as an editor at The Kenyon Review. He is Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College.

Jean Valentine

February 23:  Jean Valentine

Radnor/St. David’s Room, Connelly Center

A longtime resident of New York City, Jean Valentine was named the State Poet of New York in 2008. Her first book of poems, Dream Barker and Other Poems, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1965. Subsequent collections of poems include The River at Wolf (1992), Little Boat(2007), and Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965–2003, which won the National Book Award in 2004.

Glenn Patterson

March 17: Glenn Patterson

President’s Lounge, Connelly Center

* In conjunction with the Heimbold Professorship in Irish Studies

Glenn Patterson was born in Belfast and educated there and at the University of East Anglia where he studied for an MA in Creative Writing under Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter. He is the author of eight novels and two works of non-fiction. His plays and stories have been broadcast on Radio 3 and Radio 4 and articles and essays have appeared in the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Independent, Irish Times, and Dublin Review. Before coming to Queen’s University Belfast as writer-in-residence (1994) he was Creative Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia and writer-in-residence at University College Cork. He has also presented numerous television documentaries and an arts review series for RTE. A film, Good Vibrations, co-written with Colin Carberry, was due for cinema release in 2013. In 2008 he was awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He is a member of Aosdana.

Asali Solomon

April 14: Asali Solomon

Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library

In conjunction with the Ida B. Wells lecture in Africana Studies

Asali Solomon is the author of the novel Disgruntled.  She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for her stories collected in Get Down, her first book; the volume was also a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2007 she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35. Solomon teaches English at Haverford College. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two sons.