David Studds, born in Glasgow in 1945, studied art for a time as a young man, but after a short time decided that art was much too fragile and wanted instead to become a crime-fighting professional, so he pursued a career in Homicide. When that role was abolished, he moved with his Scottish wife to Los Angeles, where he wrote a series of crime novels, including Mystery on Sunset Strip (1989) and Mystery of the Spitfire Lady (1993). Never content to remain in one genre, he has had a series of short story collections published, as well as screenplays and plays. He is also a regular contributor to the short story magazine, Havok. Currently, he works with the Havok Stories project, the world's first audio-visual collaborative storytelling community.
Christopher Wilder is a Professor of English and Dean at USC Dornsife. Many students come to him in the First-Year Composition course because they can’t write like they want to. Some can write like they want to, but unlike someone they know. They struggle to transform the raw material they bring to the table into something usable, because they can’t turn the raw materials into something usable. Christopher solves this problem with his approach to writing. Students tell him how they would write a given assignment or what they would ask if they could have one-on-one time with James Joyce. Often, they don’t know exactly what to ask because they don’t understand the kinds of questions James Joyce might ask. Christopher Wilder tells them questions, and even better, he tells them how to ask them. He teaches them how to construct written arguments, how to integrate the material they have read into their own experience, and how to tell a story about it. As a result, he has transformed the course into a class where students graduate with a sense of self that cannot be understood independently of their ability to reflect upon questions he has posed. They have learned the tools of craftsmanship, the language of evidence, and how to inquire. And as a result, they go out into the world, confident in the intellectual capacity with which they have been endowed. d2c66b5586