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Nathan Hill

Assistant Professor of English
Degree
M.F.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst
B.A., University of Iowa
At St. Thomas since 2012
Office
JRC 353
Hours
(Fall 2014) Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, by appointment. Go to http://nathanhill.youcanbook.me to schedule a time.
Phone
(651) 962-5617

I am a short story writer, novelist, and journalist primarily interested in the teaching of creative writing. I’ve taught workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, where I usually focus on issues of language, style, and syntax, and where I routinely foist upon my students the works of my favorite authors: Virginia Woolf, Donald Barthelme, David Foster Wallace, Anne Carson, E.B. White, Frank O’Hara, and many others. My research interests involve Electronic Literature, or literary forms that use digital technologies. I like seeing what authors can do when they write stories, essays, and poems that aren’t meant for the page but rather for web browsers, apps, Twitter feeds, video games, hypertext, or multimedia platforms.

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 255 - 03 Intro to Imaginative Writing - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 210
CRN: 41374 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Nathan P. Hill This course introduces students to skills necessary for imaginative writing. It includes close readings of literary texts that model basic techniques, weekly writing exercises that encourage exploration and development of craft, and workshop discussions to develop students' critical skills. This course will include instruction in setting, character, voice, point of view, literal and figurative imagery, rhythm and sound patterns, and literary structures. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204. Please note that this creative writing class does not count towards the core literature and writing requirement.

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ENGL 322 - 01 Writing Fiction - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 210
CRN: 40121 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Nathan P. Hill This intermediate course explores traditional and innovative patterns of fiction writing. Emphasis on experimentation with a variety of techniques and development of individual voice. This course will include critique sessions, readings to broaden possibilities of form and subject, and individual instruction. Prerequisite: ENGL 255 or permission of instructor.

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ENGL 421 - 01 Literary Magazine Practicum I - - W - - - - 1730 - 1915 JRC 227
CRN: 40583 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Nathan P. Hill In ENGL 421 and 422, a sequence of two, two-credit courses, participants will study the history and character of literary magazines from 1912 to the present; learn desktop publishing, book and Web design, and editorial procedures; and apply this knowledge to producing the university's literary and visual arts magazine, Summit Avenue Review. Activities during the fall semester, part I of the sequence, include readings from The Little Magazine: A History and Bibliography and The Little Magazine in America: A Modern Documentary History; examining the design and content of fifteen professional literary magazines; learning InDesign CS5 desktop publishing program; providing design and layout for the COMPAS Arts Education Program anthology; creating preliminary Summit Avenue Review page designs; working collaboratively with other literary magazine editors to develop selection procedures and principles; and writing a comparison essay on two professional literary magazines. Prerequisite: previous or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 321 or 322 or 323 or instructor permission

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 255 - 02 Intro to Imaginative Writing - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC 481
CRN: 21091 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Nathan P. Hill This course introduces students to skills necessary for imaginative writing. It includes close readings of literary texts that model basic techniques, weekly writing exercises that encourage exploration and development of craft, and workshop discussions to develop students' critical skills. This course will include instruction in setting, character, voice, point of view, literal and figurative imagery, rhythm and sound patterns, and literary structures. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

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ENGL 422 - 01 Literary Magazine Practicum II - - W - - - - 1730 - 1915 JRC 227
CRN: 20564 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Nathan P. Hill Part II of the sequence of two, two-credit courses, ENGL 421 and 422, includes readings from The Art of Literary Editing, active involvement with other editors in the selection process, learning and applying principles of literary copyediting, using desktop publishing to produce the new edition of Summit Avenue Review, and learning Web design to create and revise pages on the Summit Avenue Review Web site. Completion of the two-semester sequence fulfills the second-level Computer Competency requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: ENGL 421

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