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COURSE: "The Big Murder Mystery A Human Pandemic, The One That Kills Us All" is a directed undergraduate creative writing workshop. Students will read 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. A third short story will be of the student’s choosing. Texts include: David Quammen, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, (Norton).