Life Writes Beautiful Stories: Growing-up Experiences in Literature, Script Writing, and Performance

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Fall 2016 quarter

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This program is about creative expressions of the universal experience of growing up. It’s about how authors, performers, and other artists, including you, represent the personal process of a life unfolding in time and place. This brings into play the conditions of memory, experience, community, and culture that shape the act of growing up. From a classical-mythological perspective, the story of Persephone represents individual transformations that take place in a life, while contemporary writers, such as David Sedaris, Lynda Barry, and Bill Bryson, make sense of the human experience in evocative, emotional, and humorous ways.

In this program, students will explore the dynamic unfolding of life by reading and writing stories, viewing films and observing how that medium portrays lives over time, and composing and acting out scripts crafted from students' own life stories. Growing up, as a universal experience, might be perceived as a pattern or a set of stages that elucidate the human experience. Movement workshops and theater performance workshops allow program participants to explore these patterns and stages.

This program is designed for students who are curious about the process of growing up and are eager to read, write, create, and perform in serious ways in order to act on that curiosity. Students in this program will work in groups and must collaborate, support, and encourage the bold act of inquiring about the personal experience of growing up. At the end of the quarter, a theatrical presentation of these stories will summarize the experience.

Program Details

Fields of Study

literature theater

Preparatory For

theater and the performing arts, creative writing, multicultural literature, human development, social science, education, and psychology.



Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

First class meeting : Monday, September 26 at 10am (Com 332)

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning


$15 for theater tickets.


2016-11-07Fall fee reduced (from $30).