Writing at Wesleyan

July 20, 2016

Wesleyan has a long and storied tradition of nurturing writers, including Daniel Handler ’92 (aka Lemony Snicket), whose work includes the wildly popular A Series of Unfortunate Events. That focus was intensified during the THIS IS WHY campaign, which saw the founding of a new creative writing center and the introduction of a Writing Certificate, both designed to support students across the curriculum.

The Shapiro Creative Writing Center was established in 2009 with a generous gift from John Shapiro ’74 and Trustee Shonni Silverberg M.D. ’76. The center serves as a hub for on-campus writing activities and provides a venue for readings, workshops, colloquia, informal discussions, student-sponsored events and receptions. It also houses visiting writers, as well as the center’s director, author Amy Bloom ’75, the Distinguished University Writer-in-Residence at Wesleyan.

“It’s my feeling that by getting a center with great faculty and writers and poets, you become a magnet for wonderful students,” said Shapiro at the time of the center’s opening.Lemony Snicket

Wesleyan’s new Writing Certificate, endowed with a generous gift from Trustee John Frank ’78 P’12 and Diann Kim P’12 and launched and overseen by University Professor of English Anne Greene, allows students in any major to earn the equivalent of a minor in writing and underscores the importance of written expression in every field.

“I was really interested in encouraging writing not just for people who love to write, but those who need writing to be successful,” said Frank when announcing the gift in 2013. “I have a simple view: If people learn to write—and by writing, I mean if people learn to frame an argument in a way that other people can understand—they will succeed,” he said.

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