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New Offerings in Playwriting, Creative Writing Planned for UVI 2010 Spring Semester

Students at the University of the Virgin Islands are invited to develop their writing abilities in the upcoming spring semester with the help of two dynamic instructors. Those who accept the invitation will have a chance to explore different writing genres, encourage one another in the creative process and learn about flash fiction, a succinct form of storytelling that's catching on in Latin and South America.

Registration for the three courses, Introduction to Creative Writing (ENG301), Intermediate Fiction Writing (ENG302) and Selected Topics: Playwriting (THE466) began Oct. 26, 2009 and continues through Jan. 4, 2010. Late registration takes place from Jan. 7-8, 2010. Online registration extends through Jan. 5, 2010. Renowned author Opal Palmer Adisa, a frequent contributor to UVI's annual publication, The Caribbean Writer, UVI's anthology of Caribbean literature, is the scheduled instructor for ENG301 and ENG302. UVI Playwright-in-Residence, Dr. Doug Larche, is scheduled to teach the THE466.

Both classes will be conducted by video teleconference between St. Thomas and St. Croix.

According to Adisa, Introduction to Creative Writing uses guided writing activities to stimulate the exploration of poetry and prose. Works by U.S. and international authors are introduced as examples of the creative process in action. Intermediate Fiction teaches the student how to tell a colorful, engaging story in 250 words or less. The playwriting class takes the student through a series of exercises and workshops that Dr. Larche says stimulate creativity, help develop plot lines and give authentic voice to characters.

Opal Palmer Adisa is a Jamaican born poet, writer, teacher and author of a dozen publications. Doug Larche is a scholar and an award-winning playwright.

Both new and experienced writers are invited to learn, enjoy and explore. For more information contact Dr. David Gould, chairman of the Humanities Department at 340-692-4143.