Learning through engagement

Creative Writing in Spanish debuts in May

By SUE ELLEN ROSS
BRIDGE Editor

Professor Jose Castro
Professor Jose Castro

Professor Jose Castro is offering an experimental course during May-mester. Open to Spanish majors and other students, the one-of-a-kind class allows students to choose their project – short stories, poems, plays, etc.

After completion of the CWS 490 course, a selection of works written by the students will be included in a journal and will be published electronically by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Instructor to impart knowledge, experience

Professor Castro himself has written many books, short stories and plays.

“Students are free to write what they want in this class,” he said. “My job is to guide them, combining my experiences as a teacher and as a writer.”

Citing the large population of Spanish-speaking people in northwest Indiana and surrounding communities, he added that there is a need for Spanish publications, theater shows and other mediums to serve them.

Sign-up currently in process

The class will accommodate 15 students; five already have registered.

One of them, junior Penny Sirbas, is double-majoring  in nursing and Spanish.  She has taken two previous classes with Professor Castro. Her focus will be writing poems, as she believes she can be more creative in this area. 

“It seems like it will be a fun class with more freedom in the writing.” she said. “I hope to integrate what I have learned in the first Spanish composition class and Spanish grammar class, and of course, improve my Spanish communication abilities.”

To obtain more information about the Creative Writing in Spanish class, call Jen Navarro in the Foreign Languages Department at (219) 989-3224.