Penn’s Creative Writing Program will host an Honors Thesis Reading Event on April 27 to celebrate graduates of the 2022 Honors Program.
The event will take place at the Kelly Writers House Arts Cafe, with a virtual option available. The nine senior honors program graduates will present excerpts from their creative writing dissertation projects – which include a mix of long-running creative literary works in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, writing screenplays and other genres that serve as Penn’s “cornerstone” of their writing crafts.
“This is a great opportunity to not only hear their work, but also to listen to truly beautiful and meaningful presentations of their work by our dedicated faculty advisors who have worked closely with these seniors throughout the semester” , said Julia Bloch, director of the creative writing program. .
Among the presenters will be College senior Lulu Lipman, with her thesis project on “Growing Pain,” an excerpt from a young adult novel she is working on about the struggles of a girl who attends a prestigious coastal boarding school. East.
“I went to boarding school myself and it was a crazy and transformative experience. And I always knew I wanted to write about it somehow, and the dissertation gave me the perfect opportunity to dive into my experience,” Lipman said.
Senior Alexander Sully Burns will also present his short story, “Invisible Mending,” which he says sums up his love for the city of Philadelphia.
“I knew I wanted Philadelphia to be the center of [my project] from when i started working on my first draft but i think what was hard for me was finding a way to demonstrate what i love about Philly and get it across the page “said Burns.
The short story by Burns includes details of the streets and landscapes of Philadelphia that he collected while walking around the city.
One of the 2022 Presidents Commitment Award recipients, College Senior Max Strickberger, will also share his work at the event.
Strickberger’s thesis is based on the “Generation Pandemic” project, which he started alongside Alan Jinich in the fall of 2020. Strickberger and Jinich traveled around the country and compiled an archive of pandemic experiences from people aged 18 to 25. states, the Generation Pandemic website hosts a collection of narrative oral history pieces and podcasts along with photos and videos of the duo’s travels.
Strickberger said his honors thesis will include a ten-page personal essay about his experience creating Generation Pandemic as well as some of the oral histories collected through the project.
“What I really liked about the thesis was that it gave me the opportunity to go through the journals I had kept when we were on the road and explore what I was actually thinking. at those times,” Strickberger said.
The reading for the Creative Writing Honors program will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Afterwards, there will be a reception with refreshments in the courtyard. Students wishing to attend in person can RSVP or watch the live stream on YouTube.
“These students have spent their last four years at Penn working on their writing and expanding their horizons and their craft. They came to the honors program ready to kick off with an ambitious project,” Bloch said. “Much of this work feels like he’s ready to join a professional writing conversation. ”