Come Write With Me!
This spring I am going to do something I have wanted to do for years—run a writing program. A small group of aspiring writers, competitively chosen, will join me this spring in Boston for a semester dominated by writing. The group will live and eat together in a community setting run by Gordon College that will provide lots of opportunity for us to get to know each other. I will spend the better part of two days per week with the group, have lunch with them, and host them occasionally for dinner in my home.
The focus of the writing workshop will be “Science, Religion, and Culture.” I will offer a twice-weekly (4-credit hour) seminar exploring topics on this theme like the Scopes Trial, the Galileo Affair, Intelligent Design, the New Atheist assault on religion, and other aspects of this important cultural conversation. We will read some great writers and talk about what makes them great. And we will read some deeply influential writers and talk about what makes them influential.
Student writers will also take an ambitious 4-credit hour writing internship, either with me, or with another leading writer or publication in the Boston area. The writing workshop is restricted to no more than eight students so every student working with me will get a lot of my time. I have had extensive experience working on writing projects with students and have even co-authored pieces with student writers. Here is a link to a piece that I published in the journal Perspectives on Science & Faith with a Gordon College student.
Students will also take one or two additional courses: an urban studies course that will open up the inner city of Boston in surprising ways and, if needed, a course at another Boston area school. If, for example, you need a history elective, the second semester of organic chemistry, or something else, you can be sure it will be offered at one of our partner schools--Harvard Extension, The University of Massachusetts at Boston, Boston University Metropolitan College, Emerson College, Northeastern University and others.
Students who want to write with me can get involved in any of my various writing projects. During the spring semester next year I anticipate working on several different projects. I will be starting a new book looking at different ideas about Adam (Eve’s husband), finishing the editorial process on another book, and working to promote a book published this fall, and another published in the spring.
Additional information can be found on the Gordon College website. If you have questions about the overall program—costs, lodging, credit transfers, etc. feel free to contact the office at Gordon in charge of the program at email@example.com.
As soon as you are serious about the program and thinking about a writing project, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.