About this Course
Writing About Animals: February 17th-May 9th 2004
Writing about animals can be rewarding on a personal and professional level, but it is also full of challenges. How can we portray animals as complex individual creatures while writing about the roles they play in our communities?
In this course, we'll read a variety of new and classic works, including Charlotte's Web, My Dog Tulip and Lauren Scheuer's Once Upon a Flock, as well as essays from writers like Vicki Hearne, James Thurber and Cathleen Shine. In addition to discussing the qualities these writers exhibit, we will take time to share and critique student work. Lessons and discussion will take place on the Ruzuku site, with one or two live chats scheduled each week. Ten weeks; $250.00. (Payment can be made via credit card or check by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ken Foster is the author of a memoir, The Dogs Who Found Me; a collection of stories, The Kind I'm Likely to Get; and a collection of essays,Dogs I Have Met. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Salon, Fence, Bomb, McSweeney's, The Believer, The New York Times, Bark, The San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Yaddo, the New York Foundation of the Arts, and The Sewanee Writers Conference. He has taught at The New School, Florida State University, the University of New Orleans, and elsewhere. His most recent book, I'm a Good Dog, was selected as one of the year's best by Vanity Fair Magazine.
Ken is a gifted instructor and his talent for engaging students shines throughout his course.
"Taking Ken's class was the single best thing I have ever done to improve my writing. I feel my technical skills and my ability to select subject matter improves on a weekly basis."
"Ken is remarkably patient and very human, bringing out the best in his students, both as writers and critics. At the end of the class every one us wanted to continue studying with him."
"Ken is a thoughtful, engaged instructor who reads work with an eye towards quality."
"Ken taught me how to analyze and edit my work so I can produce powerful, polished pieces."
"I loved Ken's workshop. When I finished the class, I felt good about what I'd accomplished and excited to continue writing."
"Ken is a wonderful teacher. He gave each student thoughtful and useful feedback that inspired confidence. He understands the craft of writing and has the skills to teach it."
"Ken gave thought-provoking assignments and critiques and kept up with our questions on the message boards. He has a great deal to offer as an instructorand is sensitive to his students' needs and abilities."