UNM-LA: Poet Catherine Hardy will help students develop their own voice as writers in a course that begins beginson Tuesday, June 7. Photo by Nancy Coombs
Starting in June, Dr. Catherine Hardy will be offering a writing workshop for writers of all skill levels.
The Creative Writing class will meet 5-8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, June 7 through July 26. Students may register for the class for academic credit (English 298, 2 credits) or sign up for the class through UNM-LA Community Education.
Hardy will provide writing exercises that concentrate on poetry and memoir, with an emphasis on process over product. The workshop style class involves students writing, sharing their work, then discussing and critiquing each other’s work. Because the class meets only once a week, students will have time to work on assignments between classes.
“The goal,” says Hardy, “is that students are surprised and proud of at least one piece.”
With a doctorate degree in English, Hardy has an extensive background teaching writing, literature, and film studies at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. New Mexico won her heart long ago when her daughter studied at UNM in Albuquerque. Last year, after gaining a position as an adjunct professor at UNM-Los Alamos, she left Ohio, her home of 25 years, and moved to Los Alamos. Hardy has taught Beginning Composition, Advanced Composition, and University Studies at UNM-LA. She also serves as the writing tutor in the Academic Support Center.
In 2006 and 2011 Hardy participated in residencies at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos. The residencies lasted 10-14 weeks, and engaged professionals in different art forms. While living in a casita, she shared community dinners and exchanged ideas with the other 10 artists in residence. Hardy has also been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines and her poetry chapbook, “Red Flag Days”, was published in 2014 by Finishing Line Press. She says, “My greatest desire as an artist is to remain open to many creative options.”
The Creative Writing class will use Poulin’s anthology “Contemporary American Poetry” to learn about the traditions of poetry, as well the various forms of poetry. The class will also explore other forms of writng through a variety of exercises. Hardy believes that, “Getting the idea down can be the hardest part. The most important thing is revision. Most writers find that the most fun.”
For more information or to see all of the courses that will be offered at UNM-Los Alamos this summer, visit http://losalamos.unm.edu/.