Literature and Creative Writing Offerings
English 231 -- World Literature
So deep the well of the past – shall we not call it bottomless?
So wide the expanse of the world – shall we accept boundaries?
Renounce the provincial; read wide and think deep.
The song of the earth, from the first poem and earliest story
To the meeting of the east and west.
English 251 -- Introduction to Poetry
Poet Mary Oliver asks, “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?”
And we can answer, “Read more wild and precious poetry.” From an infinite universe of bytes, the gems of poetry gleam like imperishable beacons, assuring us that we are human even as we travel through the dark, as William Stafford says. Charles Darwin, asked what he would do over in his life, said that he would read more poetry. It would have confirmed for him, we think, perhaps as nothing else could, the humanity of our species. We can make our own journey of discovery and delight and we can find those gems. Let them shine for us. We owe it to our one wild and precious life.
English 270 -- Introduction to Creative Writing
“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you,” says author Barbara Kingsolver, “figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” Creative Writing provides students an opportunity to figure out what they have to say through a lively, accessible introduction to the four major literary genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and drama. Students write and read each other's work, and study short models by professional writers. Everyone who meets the prerequisite (English 110) and has a love of writing is welcome to join.