Two courses designed for a general audience will be presented during the week-long Summer Seminar program at Hope College.

The seminars will run Monday-Friday, July 27-31.  The courses are "Creative Writing: Poetry: Learning from Some Masters" and "Creative Writing: Memoir."

The seminars will run 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-morning breaks.

"Creative Writing: Poetry: Learning from Some Masters" will explore the work of some of the poets who have had a major impact on the art of poetry, with a particular emphasis on what in particular distinguishes their work.  Students will then be encouraged to apply what the poets do to some writing of their own.  The course will be taught by Jack Ridl, professor emeritus of English.

"Creative Writing: Memoir" will follow the writing process outlined by Lisa Dale Norton's book "Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir."  Students will apply the process in their own writing, discussing their work and examining each other's work during class.  The course will be taught by David James, adjunct associate professor of English and director of the writing center at Hope.

Enrollment for each seminar costs $240 for those who wish to audit, $385 for one hour of undergraduate credit or graduate credit, and $770 for two hours of undergraduate credit. Pre-registration is advised, although final registration will be on Monday, July 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Van Zoeren Hall, which is located along 10th Street between Central and College avenues.

Those interested in attending a seminar should call the Hope College Registrar's Office at (616) 395-7760.  More information about the courses and online registration are available at