Artists & Their Regions - 2009 Archive

Artists & Their Regions (formerly Writers and Their Regions) is the CCW's signature course. It features seminar-style class meetings and a week-long artists' retreat that gives students and faculty time to focus on their creative projects. 

The course is offered each Spring to upperclassmen dedicated to honing their craft and developing a specific creative project over the semester.


Class 2009

The pilot WATR course and reading list focused on the way that artists ground their work in Place, specifically East Texas. WATR's class meetings included discussions of the texts as well as students' creative projects. In May, the class presented its projects to the University community in the Honors Commons.

Reading List

  • William Goyen's The House of Breath
  • Mary Karr's The Liars' Club
  • Yusef Komunyakka's collected poetry
  • William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom
  • Music of Charles Mingus
  • Charles Mee's play bobrauschenbergamerica  

Retreat 2009

Over the week of Spring Break, the class and faculty traveled East to the Retreat at Artesian Lakes, just outside of Cleveland, Texas, to create and live together. During the day, everyone split up to work, explore the landscape, and exchange ideas, and in the evening they came together to cook dinner, share stories, and present the day's efforts.