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Amie Longmire and Krishna Narayanamurti, students in USC College's Master of Professional Writing Program, teaching a multi-genre writing course to freshman at West Adams Preparatory High School. The residency program is through a partnership with PEN Center USA's PEN in the Classroom (PITC). Photo credit Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Discovering Their Voices

March 4, 2011

Writing reports on Charles Dickens’ novels, analyzing the theme of 1984 or ascertaining William Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter are assignments high school students have come to expect in their English classes. So,…

Marjorie Becker, associate professor of history in USC College, creates the stories of individuals often overlooked by the general population in her new book, <em>Piano Glass/Glass Piano</em>. Portrait photo credit Jie Gu.

Speaking for the Unrepresented

February 17, 2011

Writing for Marjorie Becker is not such an arduous task. Rising at 6 a.m. each morning, she grabs a pen and welcomes the emotions and thoughts that flood her mind to flow onto the paper. Although she has honored her…

High school students take part in a four-week creative writing workshop offered by Summer@USC. Photo courtesy of USC Summer Programs.

A Chance to be a Summer Trojan

February 15, 2011

Inside a small auditorium in USC’s Leavey Library, 13 high school students applauded their classmate, Francesca Moser, as she concluded her reading. “Great, Francesca,” said their instructor Yance Wyatt,…

On Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will read from his work at the Bovard Auditorium. Photo credit Steven Kovich.

There Will be Poetry

January 21, 2011

Even Carl Sandburg admitted, “I’ve written some poetry I don't understand myself.” This winter, members of the USC community may gather more insight into poetry by attending four free events hosted by USC…

Brighde Mullins, program director of USC College’s Master of Professional Writing Program, was awarded a 2010 USA Fellowship for literature. Photo credit Cam Sanders.

Honoring the Artist

January 4, 2011

For playwright and poet Brighde Mullins, it’s usually a powerful image that incites narrative. Recently, it was the captivating description of a young Phillis Wheatley — a slave who became the first…

Self-publishing <em>Cliff Falls</em>, USC College alumnus Cliff Shiepe arranged everything including his book cover, a montage of photographs taken in Woodside, Calif., which represents the mystical town of Cliff Falls in his novel.

Cliff Falls, Then Picks Himself Up

December 23, 2010

Sit down for a few hours with writer Cliff "C.B." Shiepe and you get little bits of wisdom. “Before you hear your true name, you’ll wander,” Shiepe says keeping steady eye contact. “Perhaps we all…

Allison Doyle (middle) shares a laugh with Saxon Burns, also a student in USC College's Master of Professional Writing program, and Kate McCarthy, whom she's been friends with since their undergraduate days as English majors in the College. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

A World of Difference

December 10, 2010

Growing up in Omaha, Neb., as an "insider-outsider," a Korean adoptee raised in an otherwise genetically-connected family of five, I discovered that writing was a way to organize the thoughts and ideas whirling around in my…

Students in a Writing 340 class taught by Mark Marino (center) have created @Wall Watch, a service project for victims of cyberbullying. Photo credit Jie Gu.

Writing Class Takes on Cyberbullying

December 3, 2010

In response to the devastating string of recent LGBT teen suicides, a group of students and advisers in one USC College Writing 340 course have created a service project for victims of cyberbullying. The class, taught by Mark…

Professor Ikuyo Matsumoto from Yokohama City University presents at the workshop. Photo credit Lori Meeks.

USC College Kambun Workshop Draws Grad Students Nationwide

October 20, 2010

The USC Summer Kambun Workshop sponsored by USC College welcomed graduate students from many of the nation’s top universities to study Sino-Japanese texts with prominent Japanese scholars. The August event is an annual…

Aimee Bender, USC College's professor of English, has written a new novel,<em> The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake</em>. The protagonist Rose Edelstein has a magical gift, which also becomes a curse. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Feelings, Oh, Oh, Oh!

September 8, 2010

Even a cognoscente of the written word like Aimee Bender admits the difficulty in communicating feelings. In her new novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Random House), the professor of English in USC College…