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Discussion of writing process kicks off humanities lecture series

Associate Professor Brian Kiteley kicks off the 2006–07 Humanities Institute Faculty Lecture Series on Oct. 12 with “I Save My Writing for Writing: A Discussion of Teaching Fiction Writing and Writing Fiction.” 

Kiteley directs the English department’s creative writing program. The lecture—4 p.m. in Sturm Hall room 286—will include a sampling of writing exercises from Kiteley’s book The 3 AM Epiphany (Writer’s Digest Books, 2005). 

Exercises, Kiteley says, are the heart of his fiction classes. His Web site describes his preference to mine ideas rather than workshop.

“The average workshop is often a profoundly conservative force in fiction writers’ lives, encouraging the simplifying and routinizing of stories,” Kiteley wrote. “I want the class to see fiction as a machine with interchangeable working parts.”

Kiteley teaches travel writing, contemporary historical fiction and postcolonial fiction. He is working on his third novel.

The Humanities Institute Faculty Lecture Series is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. The series showcases current or recent research and published works by DU Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty members.

Jennifer Reich, assistant professor in sociology and criminology, will speak Nov. 9 about “Fixing Families: Parents, Power, and the Child
 Welfare System.” 

The series will continue next year with lectures by the following faculty members:
Seth Masket, political science assistant professor, Feb. 8
Art Jones, psychology clinical professor, March 8
Scott Montgomery, assistant professor of art and art history, April 12
Joyce Goodfriend, history professor, May 10

For more information, call 303-871-2466 or visit the Humanities Institute site.

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