BA, Harvard College. Author of So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer’s Life (Broadway Books, 2004); contributor to The New York Times; commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition; drummer for the Minneapolis-based band, Semisonic. SLC, 2013–
Current undergraduate courses
We write personal essays to learn about ourselves, to face our demons, to understand our fascinations and entanglements, to expose our delusions, to find insight, and to tell the truth. This workshop will help students undertake that work as we also address relevant questions of craft. We will learn to read as writers, to write as readers, and, where relevant, to draw connections between writing and other creative fields such as music and film.
This workshop is for students who want to explore a variety of nonfiction forms. The coursework will progress from short, weekly writing assignments to longer ones, including a final piece that students will develop in conference with the instructor. The writing assignments will take their cues from the readings, exemplary works in a variety of nonfiction forms by writers such as Jamaica Kincaid, Joan Didion, David Foster Wallace, Anne Carson, and James Baldwin, among others. We will learn to read as writers, write as readers, and, where relevant, to draw connections between writing and other creative fields, such as music and film. Each student’s final portfolio will reflect a significant amount of rewriting. Students will also keep a journal of their reading, which they will discuss in conference meetings.