Thomas Beller


Norman Mayer Rm 225

Thomas Beller

Assistant Professor

Thomas Beller is the author of Seduction Theory, a collection of stories; The Sleep-Over Artist, a novel; How to Be a Man: Scenes from a Protracted Boyhood, an essay collection; and a biography, "J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist."

He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker's Culture Desk, The New York Times, and Travel and Leisure Magazine. He has edited numerous anthologies including two drawn from his website, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, and was a cofounder and editor of the literary journal Open City. The Sleep-Over Artist was a New York Times Notable Book and LA Times Best Book of 2000, and How to Be a Man, was an and New York Times Editor's Choice book.

Courses:  (Fall 2014)

ENLS 3610-04
Thurs 3:30-6:00PM

Introduction to Creative Writing

ENLS 4660-01
Wed 3:00-5:30PM

The Vortex of Primary Sources

A creative writing workshop in the personal essay defined as broadly as possible.

The outside reading and discussion will focus on the many versions of truth that writers encounter in books, archives, and, at times, in their own memory. We will examine the different approaches to primary sources - letters, interviews, artworks, works of literature - and the way these can create opportunities and obstacles to narrative that the writer must synthesize and reconcile into a story. Books: "A Chance Meeting," by Rachel Cohen, "Sweet and Low," by Rich Cohen, "In the Context of No Context," by George Trow, "The Journalist and the Murderer," by Janet Malcolm, "Diaries," by John Cheever, "Keepers of the Flame," by Ian Hamilton, "Moments of Being," by Virginia Wolfe, "Brando," by Patricia Bosworth," "U & I," by Nicholson Baker, "My Lives," by Edmund White, and "Home Before Dark," by Susan Cheever.

Instructor approval required.

(Spring 2014)

ENLS 3610-05
Introduction to Creative Writing

ENLS 4660-01
Topics in Adv. Creative Writing: Thinking on the Page: Janet Malcolm, David Foster Wallace, and J.D. Salinger

This class will focus on the tone, style, and structure these authors have used to tell their stories and how thought itself becomes what is being dramatized.  Close reading will be the central practice of this course.  Class time will be divided between discussion of the assigned reading and a writing workshop which will feature personal essays, defined as broadly as possible.

Pre-requisite: ENLS 3610, Introduction to Creative Writing.  Permission of the instructor is required.

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