Words of Wisdom
What you are starting out with may not be exciting or interesting, but don’t let that deter you from embracing it and making it your own. There is wonder in all things, you just have to be willing to seek it. As my favorite author, G.K. Chesterton puts it “The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.”
The Aggie Creative Collective, supported by the University Writing Center, Department of English, and LAUNCH, is a new summer program that links creative arts, undergraduate scholarly research, and performance.
Undergraduate students, under the guidance of TAMU creative writing faculty, will spend five weeks (one summer session) developing a research question tied to a long-term creative writing project (e.g., novel, creative non-fiction, short prose or poetry collection, screenplay, or staged play). After completing the Aggie Creative Collective, students will be required to apply to LAUNCH's Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Once accepted, they will work with a faculty advisor to develop their undergraduate creative thesis project during the fall and spring semesters, adhering to LAUNCH’s creative works thesis template.
During the five-week Collective meetings, participants will develop a proposal for a creative undergraduate thesis suitable for submittal to the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program and refine a sample of their creative writing. In workshops and through individual conferences, they will learn about the structure of a creative thesis proposal, develop their creative writing, and refine their performance skills. The Collective will culminate in a short performance of their creative works in progress.
- To develop a research question suitable for a long-term creative undergraduate thesis
- To learn and engage in scholarly creative research methodologies
- To deepen participants’ understanding of craft skills in poetry, prose, screenwriting, or playwriting and further sculpt a creative sample piece for performance or other appropriate public presentations
- To work with established faculty members and visiting writers in a small-group environment and through individual consultations to strengthen creative skills and projects
- To develop a creative research proposal