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ENG 273-Higa

Venture down the rabbit-hole of creative writing and speculative fiction…

ENG 273: Creative Writing & Literature – Speculative fiction

Summer 1 & 2 (online)

This course introduces students to the art and craft of storytelling under the genre umbrella Speculative fiction, which collectively describes Fantasy, Science fiction, Gothic horror/Horror, Alternate history, Dystopia/Utopia, Post/Apocalyptic, and Superhero literature and film. We will read and watch stories for pleasure and serious discourse, as well as deconstruct and construct creative works. Through close examination, students will realize creative writing is a rabbit-hole, a portal into endless worlds, where it joins the imaginary with the real, the external with the internal, and even the human with the divine, and although Speculative fiction genres are often labeled "escapism," they really force humans to look at challenging social, cultural, political, and psychological issues relevant to our current and future world.

Students can expect to respond to weekly readings and viewings, develop narrative skills through daily writing exercises, and compose an original short narrative that is workshopped as part of the revision process. Students will learn how to professionally present manuscripts for publication and competitions.

Fulfills the general education requirements: DL, NI, WI

About the Instructor
Bonnie (Nani) Ross is an award-winning screenwriter and producer. She is a Sundance Native Shorts Lab co-fellow and a past recipient of the prestigious John Young Award for creative writing. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies and is currently writing a limited-series episodic for television and producing several narrative and documentary films under the production companies Paʻakailelewai and MakaWalu Films.

For further information: email

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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 20 – June 28, 2019
  • Summer 2
    July 1 – August 9, 2019
  • Varied Date Courses
    Class schedules vary between May 20 – August 9, 2019

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors
    March 12
    UHM Continuing
    March 13
    New or Visiting
    March 19

Questions? Contact Us

UHM Outreach College

Sinclair Library 310

2425 Campus Road

Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-7221