This course provides an introduction to creative writing in multiple genres. You will study and practice writing in a workshop atmosphere and engage in intensive reading of excellent writings focusing on the real and imagined lives of animals from ancient fables through 21st-century stories, poems, essays, and hybrid-genre works. We will follow discussions of readings with writing experiments designed to spark original thinking, develop facility with writing, and enhance understanding of your creative process. You will explore the possibilities of creative writing and the fine and ferocious literature concerning the great and small beasts by writing short creative and analytical pieces and longer works. Some classes will be devoted to working field trips to observe animals.