We’ve advertised a number of events this fall sponsored by Harvard Writers at Work, a great lecture series that features members of the Harvard community talking about their writing. From the Harvard Writers at Work webpage:
Launched in 2009, the Harvard Writers at Work lecture series focuses on the ways that writing, by those at Harvard, connects academic and professional work and the broader public. The events are primarily aimed at Harvard undergraduates, with a special interest in drawing freshmen in order to inspire them at the outset of their education to see, no matter what their concentration, that writing matters and that they can create a writing life while in college and in their future careers. The series is co-sponsored by the Harvard Review, the Harvard Extension School, and the Program in General Education.
Today, we’d like to offer congratulations to an undergraduate who is already creating a distinguished writing life for herself. In 2009, Charlotte Alter’s essay “Tense and Tension: The Past and Present in “Self-Reliance” was published in Exposé, the Harvard College Writing Program’s journal of exceptional student writing. Charlotte is now a senior at Harvard, and this weekend the New York Times published her essay, “Romance’s New Format.” Congratulations, Charlotte!
Writing Narrative Journalism: A Conversation with Gay Talese and Chris Jones
2 pm, Friday, November 18
Literary journalism icon Gay Talese is the bestselling author of eleven books. He was a reporter for the New York Times from 1956 to 1965, and since then he has written for the Times, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and other national publications. His groundbreaking article “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” was named the “best story Esquire ever published,” and he was credited by Tom Wolfe with the creation of an inventive form of nonfiction writing called “The New Journalism.” His most recent book, A Writer’s Life, was published by Knopf in 2006 and reissued in trade paperback by The Random House Publishing Group in July 2007. A collection of his sportswriting, The Silent Season of a Hero, was published by Walker & Company in September 2010.
Chris Jones, Esquire magazine writer-at-large, has twice won the National Magazine Award, the first for his story “Home,” which chronicled the experiences of three astronauts stranded on the space station when the shuttle Columbia exploded, and the second for his article “The Things That Carried Him,” which told the story of one soldier’s last trip home from Iraq. He is a contributing editor for ESPN: The Magazine. His work has appeared in Best American Magazine Writing and Best American Sports Writing.
Mr. Talese’s and Mr. Jones’s conversation is co-sponsored by the Nieman Foundation and the Harvard Writers at Work Lecture Series, which is co-sponsored by the Harvard College Writing Program, the Harvard Review, the and Harvard Extension School Master”s Degree Program in Journalism. The Series seeks to explore the power of writing at Harvard and beyond.