Department of English

Graduate Student Katharine Beutner Wins Writers Colony Scholarship

Tue, May 19, 2009

The Department of English congratulates graduate student Katharine Beutner, who has been awarded a scholarship to a workshop at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony!

During May, June, August, and September, The Colony will offer eight week-long workshops that will explore what Mailer called "the spooky art of writing" and the unique ways he applied that art in his own brilliant narratives.

Historical Research and the Narrative
Douglas Brinkley

This course will discuss how to write contemporary history by finding new archival material. An effort will be made to help attendees discover an appropriate historical subject to write an article or a
book about.

The focus will be on contemporary history. Required texts include Norman Mailer's 'Of a Fire on the Moon'; Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood'; Joan Didion's 'Slouching Towards Bethlehem'; David Remnick's 'King of the World'; Tom Wolfe's 'Hooking Up'; David Halberstam's 'The Best and the Brightest'; Cornel West's 'The Cornel West Reader'; and Jane Mayer's 'The Dark Side.'

Only seven students were selected for this workshop based on merit.

Katharine Beutner is a doctoral candidate in eighteenth-century British literature at the University of Texas at Austin. She also completed a master's degree in fiction writing at UT, and her first novel, Alcestis, will be published by Soho Press in February 2010. She is currently an intern at the Harry Ransom Center and an assistant director of the eComma Project.

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