Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW)



First Advisor

Dr. Linda Niemann

Second Advisor

Dr. Anne Richards


A proposal for a creative non-fiction book using original family letters and other documents brought to light for the first time. The narrative traces the lives and losses of the author's relatives, John Herbert Claiborne, M.D., and Sarah Joseph Alston Claiborne, from 1852 to 1868 in Petersburg, Virginia. This work tells the story of their courtship, marriage, separation during the Civil War, and life during early Reconstruction. The point-of-view is that of "Joe's" perspective (as everyone called Sarah).