A panel of former students and an audience of friends, fans and colleagues gathered Friday to celebrate Joyce Carol Oates, who will retire from full-time teaching in the spring after 36 years of what participants described as encouraging, deeply committed, tough, loving, and often wickedly funny instruction in the art of writing fiction.

See the feature story by Susannah Sharpless ’15 (a senior thesis student in the Creative Writing Program) at www.princeton.edu:

In a lively twist on the academic tradition of festschrift — a collection of writings published in honor of a scholar — colleagues and former students celebrated Joyce Carol Oates with stories and remembrances in Chancellor Green Rotunda on Friday, Nov. 7, before an audience of about 300 Princeton students, faculty and staff, and community members. Read the complete story …

Watch complete video of the event … 

Photos from the Fest

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