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Living Writers Online

A self-paced literary learning experience, free and open to everyone.

Fall 2018

Registration is open all fall.

REGISTER TODAYJoin us this fall for a stellar lineup that includes winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award as well as up-and-comers, alumni authors, and the rocker Patti Smith, who was recently named to Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

September 13

The Refugees book cover Viet Thanh Nguyen portrait
Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Refugees

September 20

Just Kids book cover Patti Smith portrait
Patti Smith
Just Kids

September 27

Dancing with Strangers book cover Mel Watkins
Mel Watkins
Dancing with Strangers

October 4

Her Body and Other Parties book cover Carmen Maria Machado portrait
Carmen Maria Machado
Her Body and Other Parties

October 18

 book cover Brock Clarke portrait
Brock Clarke
The Happiest People in the World

October 25

Bastards book cover Mary Anna King portrait
Mary Anna King

November 8

Laughing in the Hills book cover Bill Barich portrait
Bill Barich
Laughing in the Hills

November 15

 book cover Nana Adjei-Brenyah portrait
Nana K. Adjei-Brenyah
Friday Black

November 29

Claire of the Sea Light book cover Edwidge Danticat portrait
Edwidge Danticat
Claire of the Sea Light

The Experience

English professor Jennifer Brice and faculty colleagues lead explorations into the work of nine exciting writers.

This fall's line-up features memoirs by three Colgate alumni: Mel Watkins ’62, Bill Barich ’65, and Mary Anna King ’04. The memoir Just Kids is legendary "punk poet laureate" Patti Smith's first book of prose. We've also got short stories by Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathizer, and by Carmen Maria Machado and Nana K. Adjei-Brenyah. If novels are your thing, check out Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat and The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke.

Read one book, or all nine. Take part in one discussion, in all activities — or anywhere in between.
  • Videos and podcasts of Colgate professors talking about the books
  • Online book discussions with other LWO participants
  • Selected reading list of reviews, interviews, and articles
  • Thursday-afternoon author events on campus (open to the public) and via Livestream
  • Live events will be archived online



Colgate Bookstore

10 percent off books ordered online or purchased at the Colgate Bookstore through August 1.