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So many interesting courses this term — how will you choose?

Expanded information about upcoming courses is offered by the professors who will teach them.


LIT 346E
Romantic Poets 
Taught by:   Bill Rivoire, MA

More about this course from the instructor:

The literature of the Romantic Period (1790-1830) is rich with revolutionary fervor, grandeur of spirit, sensuality of expression, and inherent human goodness.  From the prophetic cosmology of Blake and the illusory world of Coleridge, to the tragic, ironic, cynical world of Byron, to the need for the “immediate sensation” of Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats, this period, though short, fully explodes with intensity.  With the important contributions of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, this course offers an opportunity to view major shifts in society, industry and poetic style. The Romantic Period (after Blake) is noted for its “sincerity”: that is, the closer you write about an experience the more real and powerful it tools. No prior background in the subject matter is required.
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LIT 366A
WRITING SEMINAR I:  Creative Nonfiction
Taught by: Marian Pierce

More about this course from the instructor:

Yoga, and writing, both cultivate awareness and observation. Both are best experienced rather than discussed in the abstract. This class is designed to give you an experiential knowledge of yoga, and of writing, for both endeavors are, above all else, a practice. If you practice, you progress. The more you practice, the more you progress. I will also ask you to select one yoga pose from either of our textbooks to learn on your own. Choose a pose that we haven’t learned in class. Read the instructions, study the photographs, and practice the pose on your own. You will be demonstrating this pose in small groups.
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The Popular Novel  
Taught by: Chuck Caruso, Ph.D.

More about this course from the instructor:

In this course, we will examine the conventions of popular genre novels--from crime, mystery and thrillers to science fiction and fantasy to horror and westerns. While examining the current markets for genre novels, we will explore the vital aspects of characterization, narrative voice, plotting and pacing. Students will develop a variety of tools to hone their writing craft while learning how to become professional writers in the any number of popular contemporary fiction genres. Yes, you’ll be allowed to write in your favorite genre – whatever that happens to be – and you’ll be asked to dig into it deeper than you may have done before.
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WR 469A
Writing Seminar II: Dramatic Writing
Taught by: Andrea Stolowitz

More about this course from the instructor:

In this class students will create three short plays, thereby experiencing first hand that creative process. The course provides the discipline of a focused time for writing and an opportunity to create material which embodies student concerns, values, and emotional connections. This experience gives the student insights into dramatic structure which will be helpful in other theatre courses and will inform their critical reaction to plays. The craft of playwriting serves as a foundation for all other forms of dramatic writing such as screenwriting and TV writing. 
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June 01, 2016

History of the Book Exhibit

Join Meg Roland's History of the Book class for an evening celebrating the life and journey of books! We will have many books on display from Shoen...


June 04, 2016

Poetry in the Garden

Hear five talented student poets read from their original works in our community garden. Refreshments will be served.


June 09, 2016

Senior Creative Writing Reading

Seniors in the creative writing program will read from their works.


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