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Department of English

Literature and Creative Writing


Creative Writing    

 Terry Fairchild, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of English

Creative Writing

Creative Writers are among the most admired members of society. To be a creative writer is to be skilled in self-expression, gifted in finding the exact word for the occasion, keen in crafting the phrase that both informs and delights. Writers cultivate the imagination. They are a kind of magi, who do not simply convey information; they conjure linguistic patterns that resonate with the collective depth of human consciousness.

Though often visionary in the extraordinary insights they perceive, creative writers are also practical. They have honed their craft and developed skills that never go out of fashion. Good writers have always been needed to say what others cannot, or cannot say with grace and power. Every organization, every business, needs those who can communicate imaginatively and well. If you can write well, you will always have an advantage in your education or your profession.

Being a good writer, possessing the ability to use language effectively, to understand how to edit what others have written not so well, makes for so many the difference between acquiring a particularly position or being promoted in your current occupation.

Of course, the great value of writing creatively is the joy of saying what you want to say rather than approximating what you want to say. Good writers are like like ballerinas who have such control over their bodies they can make any move a choreographer can devise. Creative writers discover who they are through the act of writing, and like all artists, their creations tell their stories.

Literature is the song of our common humanity sung throughout time by thousands of brilliant voices. Literature inquires into the nature of life, through the incandescent lens of language. It tells the poetic, dramatic, eternal tale of our common existence.

To study literature is to expand your awareness, to experience what life is and what human beings are capable of. Literature chronicles human trials and triumphs — the victories that transcend our physical, mental, and spiritual limitations. Literature is our window into life’s most compelling truths. It knits the world together into one inseparable family. As the poet Ezra Pound said, literature is “the news that stays the news."

To study literature is to explore the imagination. We must love both truth and beauty — which, according to the poet John Keats, amount to the same thing and which literature supplies in abundance. We must love language, for language is the palette from which writers paint the human spirit. Homer, Shakespeare, Austen, Thoreau, Virginia Woolf, Alice Walker — these are among the writers who give us new eyes into what is joyful, cosmic, beautiful, and worthy of intellectual pursuit.

Literary study at Maharishi University of Management fulfills the goals of the best liberal arts programs, but with a wider vision. You'll understand the source of all literature — the silent field of unbounded creativity and intelligence deep within. You'll understand the goal of literature — to refine our sensibilities and promote growth of higher states of consciousness. And you'll directly develop your own creativity and intelligence from within, so that you are increasingly able to meet great writers at their own level — while creating great works of your own. Our program helps culture world citizens who will help create a sustainable and enlightened world. 

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