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UVI TO OFFER ON-LINE CREATIVE WRITING CLASS

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The University of the Virgin Islands will add another course to its on-line offerings with a creative writing course in Spring 2000. Patricia Harkins-Pierre of UVI’s Humanities Division will be teaching the class. For this first time presentation, the class enrollment will be limited to residents in the territory.
Distance Education is a growing trend in education today, with scores of universities world-wide adding classes that can be accessed through your computer from the privacy of one’s home or office. Many of these classes are administered strictly through web-based instruction and assignments, with e-mail communication with the professors. Other variations include an infrequent visit to campus and video or tele-conferences.
The UVI class, English 465: Selected Topics – Creative Writing, will include the study of language and literature. Students will be challenged, through various reading and writing assignments, to become critical of their own work and that of other writers of poetry, fiction and drama. Part of the class requirements include the student’s completion of poems, short stories and a one-act play.
Students will purchase a text book and course outlines, goals and assignments will be provided through the WEBSITE and e-mail communications. Students will either fax or e-mail their assignments to the instructor. There is no in-class time required.
“I’m looking forward to the class," said Harkins-Pierre. “I’ve been teaching

creative writing for about 20 years, but never on line. This is an exciting adventure."
Harkins-Pierre said that her hope is that people who may have been unable to come to campus or couldn’t enroll at the time the class was offered before, will enroll in the on-line course. “I look forward to people on St. Croix and St. John enrolling in the class," she said.
The full course outline will be available on-line prior to the Spring semester and students will go through the usual registration procedure at UVI’s Enrollment Management Office. For further details on the on-line course, call Harkins-Pierre at 693-1357 or fax inquiries to her attention at 693-1345. Preliminary details about the course are available on her personal home page by clicking here.

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