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MEET THE AUTHORS: EXPLORING THE CREATIVE PROCESS

Steve Brewer, abqbrewer@gmail.com 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

New Mexico's landscapes, traditions, people and folklore have captivated and nurtured the imaginations of artists and writers from the time of our state's first settlement. The 21st Century has witnessed vibrant new stories, poems and images from New Mexicans that provide readers with new perspectives on the creative process, genre development, the lives of artists and the state itself. In this course, students will study and meet with nationally known New Mexico authors to discuss their published works, creative process and public lives. We will explore works in a variety of fictional genres, plus poetry and non-fiction. Each week, students will read and discuss works by a different author and prepare questions for the face-to-face meeting.

Student Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students will have:
--Acquired knowledge of works by authors in a variety of literary styles and genres
--Expanded their abilities to engage in complex critical thinking
--Developed knowledge of creative expression and the process of producing creative works
--Strengthened their writing and research skills.

READINGS AND TEXTS

The reading list will depend upon the final lineup of authors. Students will be allowed to read anything written by that week's author, so short stories, poems and non-fiction are included. Students will be encouraged to use library books and e-books to keep costs down.

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS

Students will be graded on attendance, class participation and on their research papers. We'll do three papers -- two short and one longer, final paper -- over the course of the semester.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Steve Brewer, author of 29 books, is a longtime instructor in Honors. A graduate of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, he is a former journalist and syndicated columnist. His first novel, LONELY STREET, was made into a 2009 Hollywood movie.