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January 2017

Fiction Writing Goes Global


Art may be the result of achieving what James Joyce called “wholeness, harmony, and radiance,” but what about the craft of writing?

Joyce Carol Oates claims that “inspiration and energy and even genius are rarely enough to make ‘art.'” Prose fiction engages one in craft, and craft must be learned.

You will learn your craft in ENGL-264 with Dr. Dickison, who holds an M.A. in the creative writing of short fiction.

Forge sketches and craft full-length stories through the study of character, dialogue, plot, theme, action, symbol, imagery, narrative, and careful revision and editing. Study the masters in order to engage powerful influences for the rhythm and force of your own prose, your own “vivid, continuous dream,” as John Gardner put it.

Unique opportunity: Connect with creative writing students in India by way of the Global Classrooms initiative; Dr. Dickison has arranged for virtual discussions between his ENGL-264 students and young writers at Jindal Global University in Delhi. Our connections should be rich with cultural possibility, and we will focus on creative non-fiction as a genre through which to exchange works and ideas using Skype, Collaborate, and other methods of communication. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to share your ideas and creative writing on a global scale.

  • Register for ENGL264, CRN31235,
  • Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 9:10 p.m.
  • Questions? Email; or call 240 567-4004.



Drama Whirlwind Tour Spring 2017

Take Introduction to Modern Drama, Spring 2017!

In the redesigned course, we explore plays and theatre productions as a way to understand humanity. Every week, we’ll take on a different play, making for a fun whirlwind tour of some of the most exciting moments in theatre history.

We’ll also talk about politics and social movements from the Civil Rights Movement to Broadway riots, asking what difference theatre can make in our world. No previous experience in theatre or studying literature is necessary.

Prerequisite: C or better in ENGL 101 or 101A.

Questions? Contact: Dr. Anne Pulju:

  • ENGL230 Intro. to Modern Drama
  • Wednesdays Germantown campus, 6:30p.m.
  • CRN35368
  • Fulfills General Education Humanities requirements.

Women in Lit Will Help You Graduate

Have fun exploring the work of famous writers such as Mary Shelley, Sojourner Truth, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Virginia Woolf, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, and Amy Tan.

WomanReadingThis is a great opportunity to read wonderful literature and satisfy a General Education and graduation requirement at the same time!



  • ENGL208: Women in Literature
  • Germantown campus, PK 178
  • Spring 2017
  • 3 credit hours •
  • CRN 32638 •
  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 11 – 11:50 a.m.
  • Fulfills General Education Humanities Distribution requirement and the Global and Cultural Perspectives requirement for graduation
  • Honor’s Module available (CRN 32641)
  • Taught by Professor Sharon Anthony (

ENGL 102 Distance Learning Orientation Dates Set…

ENGL-103: Spring 2017 Orientation Dates

Spring 2017 Student Orientations for ENGL 102 DL will take place:

  • Jan. 23, Monday, 8 – 9 p.m. HU 123 Rockville
  • Jan. 28, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., ST 330 Takoma Park/Silver Spring
  • Feb. 6, Monday, 8 – 9 p.m., HU 123 Rockville
  • Feb. 13, Monday, 8 – 9 p.m., HU 123  Rockville
  • March 25, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., PK 156 Germantown

Questions? Contact Prof.

ENGL-103 Distance Learning Orientations Announced Spring 2017

DL 103: Spring 2017 Orientation Dates

  • Monday Jan. 23: 4:30-5:30 p.m. HU105, Rockville
  • Friday Jan. 27: 2:00-3:00 p.m. PK179 Germantown
  • Saturday Jan. 28: 12-1 p.m. ST330, Takoma Park/Silver Spring
  • Friday Feb. 10: 12-1 p.m. ST330, Takoma Park/Silver Spring

Questions? Contact Prof.

DL Students: ENGL-101 Spring Orientation Announced

STUDENTS: ENGL-101, Distance Learning Orientations for Spring 2017:

  • Jan. 25, 7-8 p.m. – PK181 (Germantown)
  • Jan. 28, 10-11 a.m. – ST330 (Takoma)
  • Feb. 15, 7-8 p.m. – HU311 (Rockville)
  • March 25, from 10-11am – HU313 (Rockville)

Questions? Contact Prof.

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