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Instructor Course Descriptions - Beth Mead

The Prose Collection (Tobias Wolff / Margaret Atwood / David Sedaris)

Each Prose Collection class will focus on one collection from a single author (short story collection or personal essay collection). We will discuss and analyze each piece from a writer’s perspective, as well as addressing cohesiveness and the ordering of pieces in a collection. Students will also consider how their observations and insights can be applied to their own writing and a future collection. The Prose Collection is a literature/craft class; there is no workshop component.

Young Adult Literature

This literature course focuses on the study and analysis of young adult fiction. We will read three young adult novels by authors who also write contemporary literary fiction (Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings, a literary novel for adults; Pure by the multi-genre author Julianna Baggot; and Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which is a book categorized as both young adult literature and contemporary literary fiction, and which has won the Whitbread Award, the Guardian Prize, and a Commonwealth Writers Prize), as well as one YA book with a recent film adaptation (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green). As we study these novels, we will clarify the category and techniques of young adult literature, and we will discuss these representative novels from a literary analysis perspective, from a writer's perspective, through critical thinking, and through reader response. There is no workshop component in this literature class; coursework will consist of reading four novels, analyzing and discussing them as a class, responding to instructor lecture notes, completing journal entries (including two short writing exercises), and writing a reflective essay.

The Literary Journal

Students in this journal editing class will read, discuss, and vote on submissions to The Lindenwood Review. To become familiar with TLR, visit our website at This class includes other types of assignments, such as a literary journal presentation, but it does not include a creative writing workshop. Other work may include proofreading, voting on ordering pieces in the journal, and voting on photographs for the cover and section headers. Students will be listed as Editorial Assistants in their issue of The Lindenwood Review.

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