Honors College

Visiting Artist

The 2014 Visiting Artist's Seminar:

Playwriting with Victoria Stewart and Cory Hinkle



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Playwrights Cory Hinkle and Victoria Stewart will teach a week-long seminar in playwriting in Spring 2014. Hinkle, who earned his MFA in Playwriting from Brown University, and Stewart, who graduated from the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa, are both members of the Workhaus Collective in Minneapolis. They've won many awards and have seen their work performed throughout the United States.

This workshop-style class is driven by the belief that good writing is founded on a combination of practice, imagination, and experimentation. It is intended for writers who want an active, hands-on, multifaceted approach to writing for the stage. The playwrights will begin each class day by reading plays aloud together and discussing techniques to borrow and adapt. Every day will include in-class writing exercises based on the reading. By the end of the week, students will have produced at least one scene suitable for a public reading.

The Spring 2014 Visiting Artist's Seminar (UH 3200) will meet the week of February 3-7, every afternoon for one week, MTWRF (3:00-5:40). This class is open to students from all majors who have earned GPAs of 3.25 or higher. Registration is through Pipeline. (If you have a time conflict, please contact the other professor, get written permission to miss his or her class, and then forward that permission, along with your M# and your request to Ms. Kathy Davis, the Executive Aide in the University Honors College: Kathy.Davis@mtsu.edu.)

The course will include two public events: an afternoon of staged readings by the Visiting Artists (Tuesday, February 4: starts at 4:30 in HONR 106) and an afternoon of staged readings by the students (Friday, February 7: starting at 4:00) also in HONR 106.

The Visiting Artist's Seminar (UH 3200), an interdisciplinary Honors course taught by a professional artist, has been offered ten times so far, and has included such diverse topics as songwriting, filmmaking, papermaking, poetry writing, and performance art. While artists frequently visit campus to speak, the Visiting Artist's Seminar couples that inspirational experience with a hands-on component that lasts an entire week and requires intensive student participation. Students earn one credit hour, and grading is pass/fail.

Cory Hinkle and Victoria Stewart's visit to MTSU is made possible by the generosity of the Distinguished Lecturers Fund, the Virginia Peck Trust Fund, the University Honors College, and the English Department.

For more information, contact Dr. Claudia Barnett, Professor of English and Coordinator of the Visiting Artist's Seminar: claudia.barnett@mtsu.edu or 615-898-2887.