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As part of an ENGAGE: Teaching Creative Writing course within the MFA Program in Writing at California College of the Arts, I was required to present a 20-minute lecture on a topic of choice related to the study of creative writing.

My topic addresses the Shakespeare Authorship Question, citing the academic research of author Robin P. Williams, who holds a PhD in Shakespeare authorship studies, as documented in her book Sweet Swan of Avon: Did a Woman Write Shakespeare? (Wilton Circle Press 2006).

The goal of the lecture was to not only introduce students to a new candidate in the Shakespeare Authorship Question -- namely Mary Sidney Herbert -- but also to pique students' interest in learning more about this innovative theory. I endeavor to emphasize to the class the importance of questioning what we're taught as fact by exploring research theories that push the envelope of creative free thinking.

The lecture is followed by a video that documents our 2003 trip to England to present Ms. Williams's theory at the annual Shakespeare Authorship Trust Conference held at the Globe Theatre in London. (The brilliant video was made by the amazing author/artist John Tollett.)

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