New to the Lou? Born and bred? Curious about the city’s rich array of authors past and present? In this fully online course, we will read and write across genres and creative disciplines to explore the dynamic history and enduring relevance of St. Louis as a literary cultural center. Engaging with a diversity of poets, fiction writers, journalists, songwriters, and cultural critics, we will experiment with a variety of forms in both verse and prose in a generative, supportive writing environment. After a first week of rigorous discussion of seminal St. Louis authors—the term “author” often broadly defined—our second and third weeks will be largely devoted to workshopping student work, wherein each student will be expected to complete and submit two separate pieces in two different genres. Class readings will be anchored in the 2018 volume The St. Louis Anthology, published by Belt Press, but also include selections of downloadable PDFs of seminal literary works, along with new work from emerging St. Louis voices.
Selected authors include: Mark Twain, T.S. Eliot, Sara Teasdale, Tennessee Williams, Maya Angelou, Naomi Shihab Nye, Marianne Moore, Chuck Berry, William Gass, Richard Newman, Gerald Early, Aisha Sultan, Jacqui Germaine, Pokey LaFarge, Edward McPherson, and the St. Louis contributors to 24 Hours, 15 Scents.
In summer 2021, this class will be delivered remotely. This interactive workshop includes a mix of live synchronous Zoom sessions and a range of asynchronous reading and writing activities. Courses are embedded within a robust series of public programs (including readings, workshops, and panel discussions) that SWI students will also engage in.
Tentative schedule for synchronous meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Either Saturday or Sunday, 1:30–3:30 p.m. on the first two weekends; both Saturday and Sunday, 1:30–3:30 p.m. on the final weekend.