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Stein Visiting Writers

Each year, the Creative Writing Program welcomes distinguished writers to teach a Stanford writing seminar to undergraduates. These unique classes are kept small--limited to no more than 15 students--and they focus on a subject of the writer’s expertise and choosing. The writers also hold a public reading and discussion.

For dates, times, and locations of their scheduled readings, visit our Events page.

ENGLISH 190V: Reading for Writers: The Thief and the Golem

In this course, we will read and discuss fiction similar to the way film students discuss film: identifying storytelling techniques unique to the written form and experimenting in our own work. It is a Creative Reading/Creative Writing class: students will be expected to do the assigned reading, be prepared to discuss in class and prepare presentations, as well as present unique works inspired by your discoveries. Readings will include classics as well as recent fiction, novels as well as short stories, so students must be prepared for heavy and diligent reading, not just for what happens but how it is told. And come with a sense of fun and adventure.

Spring 2022, Wednesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Enrollment in the Spring Quarter course is through the Course Preference Form. These seminars are made possible with the generous support of Isaac and Madeline Stein.


Andrew Sean Greer

Visiting Professor

Stein Visiting Writers List

Lan Samantha Chang and Camille T. Dungy


No Stein Visiting Writer this year 2019-2020
Rebecca Solnit 2018-2019
Ron Carlson and Rebecca Solnit 2017-2018
Stuart Dybek and Rebecca Solnit 2016-2017
Larissa MacFarquhar and Philip Gourevitch 2015-2016
Joyce Carol Oates 2014-2015
Richard Bausch 2013-2014
Richard Powers 2012-2013
Abraham Verghese 2011-2012
Charles Baxter 2010-2011
Richard Powers 2009-2010
Mary Gordon 2008-2009
Colm Tóibín 2007-2008
Ron Hansen 2006-2007
Colm Tóibín 2005-2006
Bharati Mukherjee 2004-2005
John Coetzee 2003-2004
Michael Ondaatje 2002-2003
Vikram Seth 2001-2002
Maxine Hong Kingston 2000-2001