Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL4800W HOWE, LEANNE R 3 :30 PM 0061

Topics Title
The Big Murder Mystery A Human Pandemic, The One That Kills Us All
Description

COURSE: 4800W advance CW Topics: The Big Murder Mystery A Human Pandemic, The One That Kills Us All is a directed undergraduate creative writing workshop. Students will read assigned texts, develop a research dossier on worldwide pathogens and infectious diseases, meet with scientists and professors at UGA working on pathogens, in order to write two fictional short stories about what happens when a killer pathogen spills over into humans from a non-human animal. These two fictional short stories are plot driven yet should feature multi- dimensional characters attached to circumstances, often beyond their control. The narrative can be from any number of possible character’s POV: patient, child, researcher, spouse, parent, fireman. To be clear each student’s research will inform character development and storylines. Students will work with Professor Howe in developing their research into powerful suspenseful short stories they create during the semester.  A third short story written during the semester will be of the student’s choosing. 

Attendance

Students who miss four classes during the semester will receive and F unless they have an excused absence for illness, a death in the immediate family.  The attendance policy will be discussed on the first day of class. 

Material

 Texts:

David Quammen, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, (Norton)
Gina Kolata,
Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and The Search for the Virus That Caused It, (A Touchstone Book, Simon and Schuster, paperback)
Robert Olen Butler,
From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction, (Grover Press)