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Those who imagine English classes as solely composed of readings of novels would be startled by some of the exciting outings and guest speakers enjoyed by Macalester English classes this fall.

Because of its location in a major metro area, Macalester can offer its students far more enrichment opportunities like these than can most small liberal arts colleges.

This fall Mac English class students have had the chance to hear several well-known writers read and speak and have attended plays, readings, and other events at venues ranging from the Guthrie Theater to the Mississippi River.

Memoirist Laura Flynn, who spoke to a creative writing class in October, said, “I really appreciated the sheer number of questions students had, and the interest they took in the writing process and craft of writing, rather than in just the subject matter. I was also touched that nearly all of them thanked me as they were leaving class.”

Class member Shasta Webb ’13 (Los Gatos, Calif.) had this to say of hearing Flynn: “If you only read a person’s memoir, that becomes your entire understanding of her. Having the opportunity to meet this published memoir writer was really an eye-opening and valuable experience for me.”

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PUBLISHED: 11/04/2010