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Coffeehouse readings: from summer to superheroes

By Adam Tamburin

More than 150 students crowded into COM’s student lounge this week to hear five of the best memoirs produced last semester in COM 201, a course in which underclassmen tackle writing in several genres.

The COM 201 Coffeehouse Reading, a biannual tradition that has taken place for more than a decade, gives current 201 students a glimpse at their target: a memoir rich with details and insightful storytelling.

This semester, 15 students submitted their memoirs for consideration. A three-member faculty panel, led by COM 201 professor and event organizer Ellen Davis, selected five of the best to participate. Davis said the five selections stood out thanks to their finely crafted scenes, which recreated past events with arresting clarity.

The standing-room-only crowd nibbled on brownies and listened in rapt attention as the authors read about their struggles with death, friendship, culture and romance.

This semester, a record number of students are enrolled in COM 201, promising another strong pool of selections for the next Coffeehouse Reading.

CO 201, Introduction to Communication Writing is the core writing course at COM. Its goal is to provide communication students with the tools necessary to write with skill and confidence in an array of professional fields.


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