Three celebrated Litchfield County writers – Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela’s Ashes, and award-winning playwrights Bill C. Davis and A.R. Gurney – will be guest speakers during a one-time
English course being offered at
the Torrington campus this fall.
The class, titled Writers of Litchfield County and Films Made from their Works: A Discussion Series, is open to the public, as well as being offered to students for English course credits.
Classes are on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 7.
On Sept. 21 and 28, the film and memoir Angela’s Ashes will be explored. Frank McCourt, a resident of Roxbury, will lead a discussion of his work on Sept. 28.
On Nov. 9, Bill C. Davis, who lives in Plymouth, will discuss his screen play and the stage version of Mass Appeal.
On Nov. 30, the play Love
Letters by Roxbury resident
A.R. Gurney will be examined. Gurney will join the class to talk about the play and film on Dec. 7.
In addition, on Oct. 5, there will be a discussion of Personal Velocity, a collection of short stories by Rebecca Miller, a Roxbury resident and the daughter of Arthur Miller, with a discussion of the film to follow on Oct. 12.
The Human Stain by Warren resident Philip Roth and the film based on that text will be discussed Oct. 19 and 26.
The course is co-sponsored by the English Department and the Litchfield County Writers Project. It is one of several special events being held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Torrington campus.
“This class will give students and Connecticut residents the chance to savor the works of some of the most accomplished writers who call this state home,” says Davyne Verstandig, a lecturer in English who is co-teaching the class with John Long, a lecturer in drama and film. “It also gives the writers an opportunity to give back to the community that has provided them with a kind of sanctuary.”
Verstandig also serves as director of the Litchfield County Writers Project, which is housed at the UConn-Torrington campus.
The course began with a tribute to longtime Roxbury resident Arthur Miller, author of Death of a Salesman, among many other works. Miller’s novel, Focus, and the film version of it, produced by his son, Robert A. Miller, were featured in separate classes.
To attend one or all of the remaining classes, call 860-626-6845.