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Readings of New Work
by Students in the Creative Writing Program
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:15 p.m.
Chancellor Green Rotunda

Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ world-renowned Program in Creative Writing will present new work at a reading on December 11 at 5:15 p.m. at Chancellor Green Rotunda on the Princeton University campus. Students from fall workshops in fiction, poetry, screenwriting and literary translation will read from new work completed during the past semester. The reading, part of the Program in Creative Writing’s Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series at the Lewis Center for the Arts, is free and open to the public.

“Our students have spent the past semester in small, intimate workshops learning from some of the greatest writers of our time and one another,” notes Susan Wheeler, Director of the Program. “Audiences will hear very excellent, exciting and engaging new work from our students, across a range of genres.”

Through the Program, students can earn a certificate in creative writing in addition to their degree in a major. They have the opportunity to pursue original work in fiction, poetry, screenwriting and translation under the guidance of over 25 practicing, award-winning authors, including permanent faculty members Jeffrey Eugenides, Chang-rae Lee, Paul Muldoon, Joyce Carol Oates, Jim Richardson, Tracy K. Smith, Susan Wheeler, and Edmund White. Lecturers this semester included Susan Choi, Michael Dickman, Jennifer Gilmore, A.M. Homes, Steven Katz, Nick Laird, Christina Lazaridi, Meghan O’Rourke, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Monica Youn. Small workshop courses, averaging eight to ten students, provide intensive feedback and instruction for both beginners and advanced writers. Each year 15 to 20 seniors work individually with a member of the faculty on a creative thesis, such as a novel, a screenplay, or a collection of short stories, poems, or translations.  

Graduates of the Program include such well-known writers as Jane Hirshfield ’73, Jodi Picoult ’87, Jonathan Safran Foer ’99, Jonathan Ames ‘87, and Monica Youn ’93, who has returned to campus this year as a faculty member.  

The Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series annually brings a number of distinguished writers to campus to read and discuss their work. Writers reading in the coming months include: 

  • Denise Duhamel and Teju Cole on February 12 
  • Dana Levin and Claire Vaye Watkins on March 12 
  • D.A. Powell and Ann Beattie on April 16

All readings are free and open to the public.

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