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Graduate Writing

An Education in Book Publishing

Walk into the large, open room that houses Otis Books, the literary imprint of Otis College of Art and Design on any given day and you’ll see people working diligently in InDesign, typesetting and creating layouts. Others might be reading through submitted manuscripts, or proofing pages of forthcoming titles. Someone else is busy corresponding with a distributor or an author. All of the normal activities that make a small press run.

Marisa Silver's Thoughtful Fable 'Little Nothing'

A New York Times Editor’s Choice after its release in early September, Little Nothing, the latest offering from Marisa Silver, senior lecturer in the Graduate Writing program, has been garnering national attention and praise.

Meticulosity

Headlines

  • Otis College student Zach Benson
    Senior Zach Benson Wins Jeanne Ward Foundation Scholarship as Part of Burgeoning Ceramics Program at Otis College 
    January 23
  • Photograhy instructor Laura London
    Otis College Extension’s Laura London on the Magic and Fun of Photography
    January 21
  • A Remembrance of John Baldessari by Otis College Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston 
    January 14

Otis Graduate Writing is Major Sponsor at AWP2016

Otis Graduate Writing is Major Sponsor at AWP2016
Los Angeles, March 30-April 2, 2016

 

Alumna Jessica M. Wilson

Alumna Jessica M. Wilson (’07 MFA Writing) is a writer, poet, and founder of the Los Angeles Poet Society, an organization that bridges the arts with local communities. Her new book, Serious Longing, is the first English language book of poetry for Swan World, an imprint of Editions du Cygne in Paris, France.

WRIT790 Thesis

A sample of a book-length, publishable project of prose or poetry supervised by the department chair and faculty. The work (100 pgs. of prose, 40 pgs. of poetry) will be submitted to a faculty committee for final approval.

Headlines

  • Otis College student Zach Benson
    Senior Zach Benson Wins Jeanne Ward Foundation Scholarship as Part of Burgeoning Ceramics Program at Otis College 
    January 23
  • Photograhy instructor Laura London
    Otis College Extension’s Laura London on the Magic and Fun of Photography
    January 21
  • A Remembrance of John Baldessari by Otis College Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston 
    January 14

WRIT710 Tutorial: The Writing Life II

Each graduate student will be paired with a Graduate Writing faculty member who is a practitioner in the student’s area of greatest interest. The student and Faculty member will meet one-on-one four to five times during the semester to review student work and discuss related directed reading, and for counseling in the practice of writing, which may include everything from manuscript submission and querying agents to a broader discussion of how the student will be able to sustain an active post-degree writing life. This course may be repeated for credit.

Headlines

  • Otis College student Zach Benson
    Senior Zach Benson Wins Jeanne Ward Foundation Scholarship as Part of Burgeoning Ceramics Program at Otis College 
    January 23
  • Photograhy instructor Laura London
    Otis College Extension’s Laura London on the Magic and Fun of Photography
    January 21
  • A Remembrance of John Baldessari by Otis College Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston 
    January 14

WRIT789 Visiting Writers Series

A series of talks, 7- 8 per semester, featuring visiting poets, fiction writers and essayists from the U.S. and abroad who read and discuss their own work and aspects of contemporary literary culture. A question and answer period follows each talk.

This course may be repeated for credit.

Headlines

  • Otis College student Zach Benson
    Senior Zach Benson Wins Jeanne Ward Foundation Scholarship as Part of Burgeoning Ceramics Program at Otis College 
    January 23
  • Photograhy instructor Laura London
    Otis College Extension’s Laura London on the Magic and Fun of Photography
    January 21
  • A Remembrance of John Baldessari by Otis College Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston 
    January 14

WRIT750 Literary Seminar

These in-depth seminars focus on particular issues or currents in contemporary fiction and poetry, with topics selected from various international literary traditions (e.g., “Poetry’s Public” or “The Ethics of Fiction”) or monographic courses on such figures as Gertrude Stein, William Faulkner, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, or Eudora Welty. This course may be repeated for credit.

Headlines

  • Otis College student Zach Benson
    Senior Zach Benson Wins Jeanne Ward Foundation Scholarship as Part of Burgeoning Ceramics Program at Otis College 
    January 23
  • Photograhy instructor Laura London
    Otis College Extension’s Laura London on the Magic and Fun of Photography
    January 21
  • A Remembrance of John Baldessari by Otis College Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston 
    January 14

WRIT610 Tutorial: The Writing Life I

Each graduate student will be paired with a Graduate Writing faculty member who is a practitioner in the student’s area of greatest interest. The student and Faculty member will meet one-on-one four to five times during the semester to review student work and discuss related directed reading, and for counseling in the practice of writing, which may include everything from manuscript submission and querying agents to a broader discussion of how the student will be able to sustain an active post-degree writing life. This course may be repeated for credit.

Headlines

  • Otis College student Zach Benson
    Senior Zach Benson Wins Jeanne Ward Foundation Scholarship as Part of Burgeoning Ceramics Program at Otis College 
    January 23
  • Photograhy instructor Laura London
    Otis College Extension’s Laura London on the Magic and Fun of Photography
    January 21
  • A Remembrance of John Baldessari by Otis College Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston 
    January 14