Many writers think of research as a "task" that is somehow separate from writing. In truth, it's as much a part of the process as waiting for le mot juste, and requires the same level of creativity, whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction. Research is not only what you do to "get started,"but remains key whether you're just brainstorming or are already immersed in your sixteenth draft. Research is much more than gathering material and filling in the blanks. It is the process of discovering your material at its deepest source. In this 6-week course, students will adopt a mindset of discovery and experiment as we explore a variety of innovative research methods, from how to interview an expert, how to ask better questions, and how to mine end notes, to finding truth in serendipity and honing the fine art of looking right under your nose. This class will be offered in a hybrid format with a mix of in class and online interactions. Please contact the instructor with questions.