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Writer as Witness Summer Reading Program

To set the stage for your first year here at AU, we have chosen a book that we call our "community text" for you to read before you arrive in August. You and your classmates will discuss the book and write about it in your College Writing class. Our 2014 Writer as Witness Community Text is Brooke Gladstone's 'The Influencing Machine.'
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I purchase the book?

The AU Campus Store will be offering The Influencing Machine at a discount. Copies will also be available for purchase at the Campus Store during New Student Orientations, when you’ll have your first opportunity to talk with classmates about the text.

When and where will I be able to hear Brooke Gladstone speak and answer students' questions?

Wednesday, September 3, at 8:00 p.m. in Bender Arena.

Will there be any writing contest opportunities related to the Writer as Witness Community Text?

Yes, the Writer as Witness Student Essay Competition, co-sponsored by the College Writing Program and the AU Campus Store! Deadline: Tuesday, November 11. Top Prize: $200. Runners-Up Prizes: Gift cards from AU Campus Store.

Service Department
Undergraduate Studies, Vice Provost for
Available to
Current Students