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Writing Out of Place

Over the summer, eight undergraduates joined Professor of English Suzanne Matson for “Writing Out of Place,” a three-week creative writing experience at the foothills of the Himalayas. The three-credit course required participants to express their experience of a new location (Mussoorie, India) through narrative non-fiction, poetry and fiction. This year’s travelers found historical, ecological, social, political, religious, spiritual and literary dimensions to fuel their writing through trips to Delhi’s Mughal monuments, Rajaji National Park, ashrams, temples and mosques, and talks by area writers. “Writing this summer helped me to better express and understand the depth, significance, and impact of every word on a greater whole,” said Jared Collier, a junior in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, who found his negotiation of writing and reality intensified by “the ecological, social, political, and cultural uniqueness” that is India. Read more from BC News.