Class Meeting Times, Location

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Henkel 223

Monday, June 23, 2014

Moving on

Keep writing.
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I hate to say goodbye to this class because I've loved every minute of working with and getting to know each of you. We have learned so much together and from each each other. You all have taught me more about bravery and truth than I had hoped to teach you.

Thank you, all, for working so long and hard on narratives that have become important to you. Your writing is lovely, your voices strong, and your messages powerful. No matter what you choose to do with your narratives, know this: you have each grown through writing the story that you needed to.

Whether you write fiction or memoir, this collection of memoir-writing advice from Salon is useful and fun to read. It covers several writing lessons from our class as well as some we did not. I offer it as a TTYL gift.

Keep writing,
Dr. Brown

Friday, April 18, 2014

Guest Author Sara Whitestone Speaks on Trauma Narratives

Author and Academic
Sara Whitestone
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Thanks to author Sara Whitestone, creative writing faculty in the English Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, who addressed our class on April 17th. Professor Whitestone spoke about clinical research on trauma writing that intersects in interesting ways with the trauma theory we have been reading and incorporating into our own class writing. Whitestone also shared her own writing process, publication experiences, and a section of one of her current works in progress. The class enjoyed and were intellectually stimulated by the discussions on writerly decisions of audience, point of view, genre, voice, and subject matter.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thank You to an Alumna Who Gives Back

Author Alumna Heidi Sales
in Trauma Narratives
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We all send a big thank you to Shenandoah University alumna and published novelist Heidi Sales who addressed our class on On Feb. 20, fielded student questions about writing and publishing, and then facilitated a working lunch writing workshop of students' current work during a second class period attended by most of the class.

Sales was excited to give back to her major and her alma mater. Thank you, Heidi, for sharing your expertise -- and for bringing each student a signed copy of your latest novel, Eramane, which the class has demanded we discuss later in the semester!

Thanks, also, to the English Department for sponsoring our working lunch!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Snow Day Assignment: 3/414

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Freewrite for 15 minutes on one of the following:

1. How to show, not tell, a segment of your current work.

2. What would your piece be like if told from a different point of view?

3. What would happen if you started your piece in medias res?

4. What is the central theme of your piece and how can you make it stronger?

Now: did you have any epiphanies? What were they?

Stay safe out there! Workshop on Thursday, weather permitting.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Welcome to Trauma Narratives

Welcome to English 399, section 101: Trauma Narratives, and to the Spring 2014 semester!

This course blog is an online extension of our classroom space. It's a paperless way for me to make important course information accessible to you from any Internet-accesible computer. I hope you will explore the current course information supplied here. Be sure to check this blog often for new information useful to your success in this course. I will also use this space to post queries for your response, course announcements, and other news or events of interest to beginning literary scholars. Please feel free to post any initial questions or comments about the course here.

I look forward to working with you this semester.

Sincerely,
Dr. Brown