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Professor Vatalaro's students from the New England Shore seminar at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, Massachusetts.Professor Vatalaro's students from the New England Shore seminar at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, Massachusetts.

Learning to Shape the World

Students in the Merrimack English program learn that literature, film and other forms of storytelling have the capacity to influence social change, challenge dominant versions of history, rewrite cultural myths, shape concepts of identity and represent aspects of lived experience that cannot be expressed fully.

They become knowledgeable about the ways in which culture shapes word, artist, reader, text and events, and they develop an understanding of the entire creative process, from the creation of imaginative writing to the interpretation of it by skilled, agile readers.

Our small course sizes promote close contact between students and professors and permit faculty to read carefully and respond thoughtfully to what students have written. We dedicate ourselves to fostering conversation about literature and writing in and out of the classroom; we learn quickly and remember our students’ names; we devote individual attention to those who seek it.

We value all forms of writing, whether formal or informal, creative or academic, because we have found that writing triggers discovery, cultivates the formation of dialogue between readers and books, and closes the distance between readers.

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