This highly structured seminar and intensive writers' workshop offers students the chance to write serious historical biography and biographical fiction. In addition to reading a vast range of distinguished writers and conducting independent archival research, students will share their writing with one another in sessions designed to sharpen their skills as stylists, researchers, and narrators. Some writing exercises will be traditional, others more experimental. The seminar will have readings in common, with longer biographies assigned to and purchased only by individual students, who will present on their chosen biographies to the seminar. Final projects will be submitted in installments of three, and peer critiqued. There will be two guest speakers.