Mondays (7pm to 9pm) – 15 May, 22 May, 29 May, 5 June
Thursdays (7pm to 9pm) – 18 May, 25 May, 1 June, 8 June
Saturdays (9am to 11am) – 20 May, 27 May, 3 June, 10 June
In this introductory creative writing course, we will immerse ourselves in the art of the short story. We will discuss the different elements involved in writing within this genre—plot, characterization, point of view, setting, theme, style, as well as more abstract notions: what is a writer and why does he or she write? What is the moral responsibility of art? Who are we in relation to the spaces we inhabit? We will read the works of writers from all over the world and use these works as a foundation to cultivate our own literary visions. We will study the texts for lessons in technique and craft, investigating the decisions that we (as writers and readers of literature) must make to develop a finished piece.
This course is an invitation to inquire deep within yourself and to own your identity as a writer in your world. Our hope is that each one of you, through the reading, writing, and sharing of one another’s work, will begin to experience this world as yours. What is unique about this course is that through the selection of literature we will also have the opportunity to look beyond the mechanics of creative writing in order to examine the ongoing legacies of economic and free trade policies, such as NAFTA and IMS, the Indonesia–Malaysia–Singapore Growth Triangle, and their effects on migrant, immigrant, and local marginalized populations.
USC invites all USP students to One.Two.Five – the inaugural end-of-year party to celebrate the end of the Academic Year 2016/2017. Hang out with your juniors and/or seniors over food, drinks and games!
Eight USP alums who are currently teachers will share their experiences as educators at this get-together session with current USP students who may be considering teaching as a career and also, those who are on Ministry of Education (MOE) Teaching Scholarship/Awards. The alums will talk about their National Institute of Education (NIE) experience, practicum sessions, “Things I wished I knew before signing up to be a teacher”, and many more.