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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
(Spring 2015) T/W/R 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.

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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Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
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ENGL 121 - 34 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 212
CRN: 41244 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Nathan P. Hill Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 121 - 35 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 212
CRN: 41245 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Nathan P. Hill Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 323 - 01 Writing Creative Nonfiction - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 314
CRN: 42432 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Nathan P. Hill This intermediate course explores traditional and innovative patterns of creative nonfiction 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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