Emerita Senior Faculty Associate
A writing instructor at Hampshire College since 1992, she has also taught at other area colleges and at the University of California, Irvine. She has published both poetry and nonfiction and has extensive editorial experience. Her book of poems, Bodily Course, won the 1996 White Pine Press Poetry Prize.
Deb Gorlin is poetry editor of The Massachusetts Review.
This workshop is designed to provide assistance to students who are already engaged in large writing projects and research papers and who would like a structured meeting time in which to write and to discuss strategies for research, writing, and revision. Special attention will be paid to the writing process: conceptualization, organization, and pacing oneself through work blocks and writing anxieties. Brief reading and writing assignments will be given and, in addition to attending class meetings, participants will be expected to meet in tutorial with the instructor. Because this class supplements work already in progress, no formal instructor evaluations will be provided and the completion of this workshop will not count as course credit. This course is primarily targeted toward students who are working on large research projects for Division II and Division III. This is a co-curricular class.
The age-old search for the Divine, the Sacred, the Great Spirit, the Source, the Goddess, the Ancestors, among other names, has been the subject of countless literary texts, whether it is the Buddhist-inspired poetry of the Beats, the gothic Catholicism of Flannery O'Connor's short stories, the visions of Black Elk, the confessions of Augustine. In this analytical and creative writing course we'll examine varieties of spiritual experience as they are represented in both past and present literature, including poetry, fiction, memoir, and biography. You'll be asked to do all sorts of writing pertinent to the topic: close readings and literary analyses of texts, personal essays and memoirs based on your own spiritual encounters, and out-in-the-field non-fiction pieces.