Summer Seminars Will Focus on the Spoken and Written Word
Posted June 21, 2002
HOLLAND -- The annual Summer Seminars at Hope
College will focus on the spoken and written word, with
topics ranging from how gender affects conversational style;
to writing fiction and nonfiction, including family history;
to contemporary American poetry.
The seminars will run Monday-Friday, July 29-Aug.
2. This year's four courses are "Creative Writing:
Postcards and Radios," "Legacy: A Guide to Writing Personal
History," "Let's Talk: Gendered Language in Understanding
and Misunderstanding Each Other" and "Reading Contemporary
The seminars will meet concurrently from 9 a.m. to
12:15 p.m. in the air-conditioned Van Zoeren Hall on the
Hope campus. Refreshments will be provided during mid-
All of the courses are available for undergraduate
credit, and most are available for graduate credit or on an
audit basis, depending on the needs of the enrollee. Class
sizes are limited to 15 students per course.
"Creative Writing: Postcards and Radios" will
explore short fiction, sometimes called postcards, and short
creative nonfiction, sometimes called radios. Students will
read examples of each and also craft works of their own.
The course will be taught by Carla Vissers, part-time
lecturer in English.
"Legacy: A Guide to Writing Personal History"
help provide students with a starting point to write their
own life histories or their family's history. The course
will include reading, discussion, in-class research and
writing. The course will be taught by Carol Braaksma, part-
time lecturer in English.
"Let's Talk: Gendered Language in Understanding
and Misunderstanding Each Other" will focus on how
differences in conversational style by gender have an impact
interpersonal relationships, education, work, career paths
and images of God. The role of childhood experience will be
emphasized. The course will be taught by Dr. Debra H.
Swanson, associate professor of sociology.
"Reading Contemporary American Poetry" will run as
a book-group style seminar, and is designed for poetry
lovers and veterans as well as newcomers to the genre.
Participants will read and discuss work by a variety of
authors. The course will be taught by David James, adjunct
associate professor of English and director of the writing
Enrollment for each seminar costs $180 for those
who wish to audit, $285 for one hour of undergraduate credit
or graduate credit, and $570 for two hours of undergraduate
credit. Pre-registration is advised, although final
registration will be on Monday, July 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 9
a.m. in Van Zoeren Hall.
Those interested in attending a seminar should
call the Hope College Registrar's Office at (616) 395-7760.
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