Treeptych: contextualizing statement
journal contributionposted on 2016-12-14, 02:17 authored by Slovic, Scott
Abstract: As a teacher, my work tends to fall into four categories: interdisciplinary environmental humanities, American and comparative literature, literary theory (especially ecocritical theory), and writing. These categories overlap, of course. At the University of Idaho, one of our major graduate-level programs in the English Department is the MFA (Master of Fine Arts) program in creative writing, for which I teach occasional workshops in nonfiction writing. When I offer such classes, my students work on a single long essay, which is 'workshopped' in stages throughout the semester, and on almost-weekly short essays, which we call 'flash nonfiction.' I ask my students to spend no longer than half an hour drafting their flash pieces.