This seminar is designed for graduate students in the International Writers PHD Track in Comparative Literature to put their creative work into conversation with their studies in foreign languages, cultures and literatures with an eye to the long-term goal of the hybrid dissertation. Participants will read and discuss practical criticism, present their current creative projects and hone their skills as writers, translators and readers by engaging with a living literature as it evolves. At the conclusion of the course, students will have the choice of presenting a polished work of translation, a piece of original writing (in English or in their native language), or an essay on one or more of the works read during the semester. Students not officially in the International Writers Track who wish to enroll in the course should contact the Comparative Literature program. Admission by permission only.