My reading and writing life has grown extensively since taking two different courses with Professor Rick Agran, an esteemed published Poet as well as a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire.
The literature he chooses to use in his classes reflects his flexibility in nurturing the creative spirit in all of his students whether they are novices or seasoned writers.
A cumulative writing portfolio is the collective sum total of the entire course. Students write and revise poetry, prose, and a multi-genre Essay, pieces that provide huge challenges while also inspiring writing confidence every step of the way.
Summer courses at Granite State College require commitment to excellence because the time passes quickly. Though I can only speak for myself, I have learned so much about writing, about myself as a writer, as well as the huge inspiration other writers impart if I am a willing reader.
Robert Bly's book has given me a brand new perspective. I have always considered my writing to be "too dark" and too personal. There were times when I thought my writing was depressing to readers. A Little Book on the Human Shadow has given me a new and different perspective on my own writing. Bly suggests that "dark" writing is necessary so that a writer can write his way through such darkness and move toward the light in the process.
This idea resonates with me. I am very interested to learn more about Robert Bly's ideas on writing. I am certain they will make a difference in the quality of my Final Portfolio.