Mason Author, English Professor Cheuse to Present Vision Series Lecture

Posted: April 20, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Alan Cheuse
Alan Cheuse

Alan Cheuse, professor of English in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will persent “A Glimpse into the Writer’s Workshop” as part of the Vision Series, on Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

A reception with the speaker will follow.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Reserve tickets online or visit the Center for the Arts ticket office, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For information, call 703-993-8888.

Aside from writing novels and nonfiction, Alan Cheuse has published dozens and dozens of short stories in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, the Antioch Review and the Southern Review.

His most recent novel is “To Catch the Lightning,” a story about Edward Curtis and his documentary photographs of Native Americans in the early 20th century.

In an informal commentary on one of his recently published short stories, he will guide the audience through the various stages of invention and composition, baring all that comes to bear upon the production of a work of short fiction, from the first glint of the story through the actual writing and revision.

Ranging from personal history to modern history, aesthetics and, among other things, the daily life of the working writer, Cheuse will place his particular art in a broad context, with the goal of making reading fiction an enlivening art in itself.

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