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Eric Weintraub, a senior majoring in narrative studies in USC Dornsife, accepts his first place award for the creative writing category from Michael Quick, executive vice provost and professor of biological sciences. "La Laguna" explores the experiences of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Photo by Heather Cartagena.

Finding Their Muse

April 29, 2013

When Eric Weintraub's name was announced as first place winner for his short story “La Laguna” at USC’s 2013 Undergraduate Writers' Conference, he turned to the student next to him, “Did they just say…

Students in the course "Forensic Psychology: The Mind and the Legal System" take a tour of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of USC Summer Programs.

Summer@USC

February 15, 2013

Neda Davarpanah was surfing the USC Web site when she stumbled upon the Summer@USC Program. She spotted a workshop in creative writing. Serendipity. She applied and was accepted this past summer. “I want to pursue…

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

September 1, 2008

Faculty from the USC College Writing Program have developed a Web page harnessing new online tools to teach one of the oldest rhetorical techniques. The page contains widgets, or portable Web applications, that teach an…

USC College’s Shelley Berman Earns Emmy Nod

USC College’s Shelley Berman Earns Emmy Nod

September 1, 2008

The morning the nominations were announced, a Curb Your Enthusiasm co-star called Shelley Berman to congratulate him on his Emmy nod. “What Emmy?” Berman barked into the phone at Jeff Garlin. “What?”…

Journalist Wins Top Prize at Play Festival

Journalist Wins Top Prize at Play Festival

April 1, 2008

“Juche Rules,” based on journalist Mark Niu’s surreal state-sponsored bus tour of North Korea, was singled out April 9 as the best play among four finalists at the USC College’s Master of Professional…

The Write Stuff

The Write Stuff

January 1, 2008

She may have grown up in Boring, Ore., but Kathi Inman Berens is anything but. Five years ago, she and Norah Ashe-McNalley, a fellow senior lecturer in the Writing Program at USC College, created AngeLingo, an…

To Tell the Truth

To Tell the Truth

November 1, 2007

  In the end, if a work of nonfiction is well written and well executed, does it really matter if it is factually true? According to novelist John Rechy, no. After all, the writer — in fact all artists and the…

Writer-Director-Producer Mel Shavelson Dies at 90

Writer-Director-Producer Mel Shavelson Dies at 90

August 1, 2007

Melville Shavelson, a Hollywood legend who was a comedy writer, producer, director and two-time Academy Award nominee for original screenplays, has died. He was 90. Shavelson, an instructor at USC College’s Master of…

2007 USC MPW One-Act Play Festival Award is going, going… Gone…

2007 USC MPW One-Act Play Festival Award is going, going… Gone…

May 1, 2007

In the play, “Gone…,” the character Sarah reminds her protesting mother, a recent stroke victim, why she was moved to an assisted-living facility. Ethel: Why! Why can’t I go to the house? I…

Better Writers (Not Just Better Papers)

Better Writers (Not Just Better Papers)

August 1, 2004

Students embrace college writing program By Katherine Yungmee KimAugust 2004 Norah Ashe-Mc Nalley’s writing students are scientists. Some are premed, some are dental hygienists and others are majoring in such fields…