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Nearly 200 to participate in Living Writers Online

By Mark Walden on September 10, 2012
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If you want to know how a best-selling author finds inspiration, hones technique, or orchestrates a breakout opportunity, it’s best to go to the source. That’s why legendary professor Frederick Busch designed Living Writers as a way to bring Colgate’s writers-in-training together with famous writers-in-practice. The class quickly became a campus favorite.

Today, professors Jane Pinchin and Jennifer Brice are teaching Living Writers, which they revamped in 2009 for a new generation of undergraduates. They are also engaging nearly 200 alumni, parents, and friends who have registered for LW Online, a distance-learning edition of the course.

Beginning September 19, Pinchin, Brice, and their e-students will discuss five works taken from the full Living Writers schedule: books by Alexandra Fuller, Daniel Alarcon, Chimamanda Adichie, Orhan Pamuk, and Salman Rushdie. Their live webcast conversations, featuring President Jeffrey Herbst and other special guests from the Colgate community, will take place prior to the authors’ public appearances in Love Auditorium.

LW Online kicked off with a reception at the Roger Smith Hotel in New York City on August 23, and it will close with a special capstone dinner at Merrill House on November 29. Participants are invited to return to Colgate and enjoy a meal with Rushdie after he reads from Joseph Anton.

“We are so excited about LWOnline — by the extraordinary alumni and parent response, by this year’s international theme, and by the writers we will have with us this fall,” said Pinchin.

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