Friday, August 5, 2022

Writing Greece: The Ancient World and Genre Fiction (ABD:3143/CNW:3630)

“Writing Greece" engages the rich legacy of the ancient world to foster creativity and inspire original fiction in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Students will visit unforgettable ancient sites such as the Parthenon in Athens, the Sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, the Temple of Apollo in Delphi and the Lion Gate in Mycenae. A highlight will be a day travelling by ferry to Hydra, an idyllic island without cars and filled with beautiful stone mansions and quaint pebble beaches.  
This course emphasizes both myth and history, with tales of gods and goddesses and narratives of kings and philosophers receiving equal weight. We will study the deities Athena and Poseidon, learn about the Athenian statesman Pericles, and familiarize ourselves with the poetry of Sappho. Reading and writing assignments will be short and manageable, with daily conference appointments available for all students. Creative writing may take the form of genre fiction (e.g., fantasy, sci-fi, YA) or more traditional literary fiction.
This class includes free periods during some afternoons and evenings when students can explore Athens and Nafplio. Contemporary Greek cities are safe, fascinating, and affordable; in the past, program participants have had a wonderful time finding out-of-the-way markets and discovering charming neighborhoods. Whether studying a statue of Artemis, eating in a seaside taverna, or revising a story in the shadow of the Parthenon, this course promises to both edify and entertain.  

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