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Academic Writing

Writing New York City

Many of Marymount Manhattan’s writing courses explore the history, culture, and architecture of New York City.

Recent and current offerings include “Hispanic New York,” “New York City of the 1920s,” “The Brooklyn Bridge,” “Writing Central Park,” and “Autobiography and New York City.” Through reading and writing assignments, these courses ask students to engage directly with the city.


The following excerpts are drawn from students enrolled in Writing 201: Parks and Recreation, taught by Professor Mark Bresnan in Fall 2013. After reading work by David Foster Wallace, Walker Percy, Rebecca Solnit, and other writers, students traveled to parks throughout New York City to observe, analyze and reflect. Their essays put these experiences in conversation with class readings and discussion.