As part of the LSA Theme Semester, “What Makes a Life Worth Living,” our class will ask: What is a life worth writing? We will consider how lives are rewritten in various genres of biography, both factual and fictional, and we will focus on the process of writing itself. We will consider examples from memoirs, journals, plays, films, and novels, including selections from Gertrude Stein’s The Autobiography of Alias B. Toklas. Brecht’s Galileo, Taha Hussein’s Al Ayam (The Days) and Voltaire’s Candide. We will also watch some films, such as I am not There (A biography of Bob Dylan) and Youssef Shahin’s Al Massir (inspired by the life of Averroes). Students will work on four papers through the semester, one of which will be submitted for an in-class workshop. In addition the class has a creative project, consisting of three journal entries and one collective writing assignment, reflecting on an experience from an individual’s perspective versus that of the group.