Co-Director of Writing Program
She has been an affiliated scholar at the Pembroke Center for Advanced Research on Women at Brown University and visiting scholar in discourse studies at the University of Amsterdam. As co-director of The Writing Program, she is one of three faculty who run the College’s across the curriculum Writing Program.
Ms. Siegel has published short fiction, taught poetry at the University of Minnesota, and worked in radio and print journalism. She was fiction editor for Sojourner, a feminist monthly, and associate editor of Critical Studies: A Journal of Critical Theory, Literature and Culture.
This course will explore the work of scholars, essayists, and creative writers in order to use their prose as models for our own. We'll analyze scholarly explication and argument, and we'll appreciate the artistry in our finest personal essays and short fiction. Students will complete a series of critical essays in the humanities and natural sciences and follow with a personal essay and a piece of short fiction. Students will have an opportunity to submit their work for peer review and discussion; students will also meet individually with the instructors. Frequent, enthusiastic revision is an expectation.
This workshop is designed to provide assistance to students who are already engaged in large writing projects and research papers and who would like a structured meeting time in which to write and to discuss strategies for research, writing, and revision. Special attention will be paid to the writing process: conceptualization, organization, and pacing oneself through work blocks and writing anxieties. Brief reading and writing assignments will be given and, in addition to attending class meetings, participants will be expected to meet in tutorial with the instructor. Because this class supplements work already in progress, no formal instructor evaluations will be provided and the completion of this workshop will not count as course credit. This course is primarily targeted toward students who are working on large research projects for Division II and Division III. This is a co-curricular class.