Are you joining us this summer? If so, you’re probably searching through the course listings and trying to figure out what the best courses are for you.
What if you tried something different?
The College of Liberal Studies is offering the following online course:
Creative Writing: Global Voices
Maya Angelou, and apparently many before her, said, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” But in a Paris Review interview (Fall 1990), Angelou explained, “[I]t takes me forever to get it [language] to sing. I work at the language.” Creative Writing: Global Voices takes off from these two premises: song, and work. You already sing: in the shower, on the page, perhaps on the stage. In the workshop, you will learn to work your singing into songs—in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Along the way, we will consider the work of a gallery of international poets and writers that might include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Junot Diaz, Luisa Igloria, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sigrid Nunez, George Saunders, Wislawa Szymborska, Franz Wright, and others (list subject to change). We’ll learn to read as writers by looking closely at how these authors solved the problems of character, setting, plot, theme, and voice, all of which boil down to the problem of keeping the reader on the page. The portfolio you produce will include drafts of several poems and flash fictions, at least one short story, and the beginnings, perhaps, of either a novel or a memoir.
SHORT BIO about the professor
Tim Tomlinson grew up on Long Island where he was educated by jukeboxes and juvenile delinquents. He is the author of the chapbook, Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, the poetry collection, Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire, the collection of short fiction, This Is Not Happening to You, and co-author of the craft book, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and a professor in NYU’s Global Liberal Studies.
Take a step out from our normal course load and learn about voices from around the world who have changed our lives, whether we realize their impact or not.