Sara Majka

Lecturer - Literary Arts and Studies
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Sara Majka
BA, University of North Carolina
MFA, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sara Majka is a writer living on Providence’s west side. Her work has appeared in such journals as Guernica, Virginia Quarterly Review and A Public Space. Her first book—a collection of stories called Cities I’ve Never Lived In—was published by Graywolf/A Public Space in 2016 and was a New York Times Notable Book.

Majka earned graduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and Bennington College and was a fiction fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Academic areas of interest include the uncanny in fiction, doppelganger fiction, the short story form and writing that blurs the line between fiction and nonfiction. Other interests include working with multilingual students and with students who are incorporating fiction into their art.
 

Courses

Fall 2023 Courses

LAS E101-16 - FIRST-YEAR LITERATURE SEMINAR
Level Undergraduate
Unit Literary Arts and Studies
Subject Literary Arts and Studies
Period Fall 2023
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

LAS E101-16

FIRST-YEAR LITERATURE SEMINAR

Level Undergraduate
Unit Literary Arts and Studies
Subject Literary Arts and Studies
Period Fall 2023
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2023-09-06 to 2023-12-13
Times: MW | 11:20 AM - 12:50 PM Instructor(s): Sara Majka Location(s): College Building, Room 301 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Open

SECTION DESCRIPTION

An introduction to literary study that helps students develop the skills necessary for college-level reading, writing, research and critical thinking. Through exposure to a variety of literary forms and genres, historical periods and critical approaches, students are taught how to read closely, argue effectively and develop a strong writing voice. The course is reading and writing intensive and organized around weekly assignments. There are no waivers for LAS-E101 except for transfer students who have taken an equivalent college course.

First-year Students are pre-registered for this course by the department.

Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Transfer Students register into the designated section(s).

Major Requirement | BFA

LAS E101-06 - FIRST-YEAR LITERATURE SEMINAR
Level Undergraduate
Unit Literary Arts and Studies
Subject Literary Arts and Studies
Period Fall 2023
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

LAS E101-06

FIRST-YEAR LITERATURE SEMINAR

Level Undergraduate
Unit Literary Arts and Studies
Subject Literary Arts and Studies
Period Fall 2023
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2023-09-06 to 2023-12-13
Times: MTH | 9:40 AM - 11:10 AM Instructor(s): Sara Majka Location(s): College Building, Room 301 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

An introduction to literary study that helps students develop the skills necessary for college-level reading, writing, research and critical thinking. Through exposure to a variety of literary forms and genres, historical periods and critical approaches, students are taught how to read closely, argue effectively and develop a strong writing voice. The course is reading and writing intensive and organized around weekly assignments. There are no waivers for LAS-E101 except for transfer students who have taken an equivalent college course.

First-year Students are pre-registered for this course by the department.

Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Transfer Students register into the designated section(s).

Major Requirement | BFA

Wintersession 2024 Courses

LAS W432-101 - SHORT STORY WRITING WORKSHOP
Level Undergraduate
Unit Literary Arts and Studies
Subject Literary Arts and Studies
Period Wintersession 2024
Credits 3
Format Workshop
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

LAS W432-101

SHORT STORY WRITING WORKSHOP

Level Undergraduate
Unit Literary Arts and Studies
Subject Literary Arts and Studies
Period Wintersession 2024
Credits 3
Format Workshop
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-01-04 to 2024-02-07
Times: T | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 01/16/2024 - 01/16/2024; W | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 01/17/2024 - 01/17/2024; F | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 01/19/2024 - 01/19/2024; T | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 01/23/2024 - 01/23/2024; F | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 01/26/2024 - 01/26/2024; T | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 01/30/2024 - 01/30/2024; W | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 01/31/2024 - 01/31/2024; F | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 02/02/2024 - 02/02/2024; T | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 02/06/2024 - 02/06/2024; F | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 01/05/2024 - 01/05/2024; T | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 01/09/2024 - 01/09/2024; F | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 01/12/2024 - 01/12/2024 Instructor(s): Sara Majka Location(s): College Building, Room 410 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

In this writing workshop, we will explore the short story, working to put into words what we--as individual readers and writers--hope to find in it. We'll consider what makes a story a story, while acknowledging that it is often something ineffable, indefinable. We'll read a range of contemporary and classic writers and will also read essays on craft. A significant amount of class time will be devoted to in-class writing and peer workshops. At the end of the term, students will be expected to submit a portfolio made up of reflections, rough drafts, and revised stories.

Elective

Spring 2024 Courses

ILLUS 506G-01 - SEMINAR: CONTEMPORARY VISUAL HISTORY
Level Graduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Spring 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

ILLUS 506G-01

SEMINAR: CONTEMPORARY VISUAL HISTORY

Level Graduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Spring 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-02-15 to 2024-05-24
Times: TH | 1:10 PM - 4:10 PM Instructor(s): Sara Majka Location(s): Weybosset St Studios, Room 304 Enrolled / Capacity: 14 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

This course will deal with critical understandings of visual culture, narrative, and the melding of written and visual languages in contemporary graphic texts. We will begin with a study of visual culture, and some of the key issues, ideas, and questions that underlie thinking about visuality: its spaces and places; the politics of representation; theories of the spectator/audience; modes of reproduction and circulation of texts in the era of digitization and globalization. We will then consider theories of narratology, as they are particularly useful to a study of the graphic medium. For the final weeks of the semester, we will move to a consideration of some of the rich and varied criticism from within the field of comics studies.

Estimated Cost of Materials: $260.00

Open to Graduate Illustration Students.

Major Requirement | MFA Illustration

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Sara Majka
BA, University of North Carolina
MFA, University of Massachusetts Amherst