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USC Dornsife alumna Rosaleen O’Sullivan reads an original piece to the audience at the Shakespeare & Company bookstore on the final evening in the month-long Maymester course, “The Poet in Paris.” Photo by Adrian Leeds.

The Magic of Paris

July 22, 2011

With the Eiffel Tower as her backdrop, USC Dornsife alumna Corey Arterian felt at one with those writers who came before her, penning poem after poem about the City of Light. Paris, she came to understand, incites emotions…

Mark Richard, a lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing program, has won a 2012 Pushcart Prize for his memoir and first book of nonfiction <em>House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Journey Home</em>. Born a “special child” with deformed hips in rural Virginia, Richard chronicles his struggle with faith and the life that made him a writer. Photo by Jeff Vespa.

On Writing and Redemption

July 7, 2011

Mark Richard didn’t intend to write his latest book. He had originally set out to explore the death of Nat Turner, an early 19th-century slave insurrectionist in Southampton County, Va., where Richard lived as a boy.…

The Road Much Traveled

The Road Much Traveled

April 24, 2011

When I graduated from USC in May 2001, my professors wished me luck as I embarked on a career with The Associated Press. They had prepared me for the crush of deadlines and the art of interacting with my editors. They had…

Alumni Bookplate

Alumni Bookplate

April 24, 2011

Institute for Advanced StudyImages of America Series Arcadia / Linda Arntzenius (MPW, ’98) examines photo collections at the Institute for Advanced Study and those of Princeton residents to disclose the scholarly…

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…