For the past seven years, Pierce College English Professor Corrina Wycoff has spent every break in the quarter investing countless hours into her latest novel, “Damascus House.” Published earlier this month, the novel is written from the perspectives of six different characters from a tight-knit fundamentalist Christian church in New Jersey.
“In writing this book, I wanted to look at the ways people view faith, versus the people they love in their lives who may not align with certain beliefs,” Wycoff said. “This book is not an indictment on religion, and I made it my goal to make sure the reader is sympathetic toward each character.”
Her writing process generally starts with a larger philosophical question she would like to examine before developing her characters. She admits the final story may have very little to do with the initial question, but the exercise is important to the overall process.
Wycoff also published a collection of short stories called “O Street” in 2007. Her fiction and essays have also appeared in journals, magazines and anthologies.
Her hope for “Damascus House” is to inspire people to see the humanity in others in spite of differences in opinion. “The message I hope to convey in this book is that no matter what stance people have in faith or politics, that they would see that there is full humanity in every person.”
Wycoff began teaching at Pierce College in 2001, and teaches English 101 and 107, along with creative writing courses. Her goal in the classroom is to make sure each student has an enjoyable experience and becomes more confortable with the process of writing overall.
For more information about Prof. Corrina Wycoff and for a glimpse inside her classroom, please visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/campaign/myclass/corrina.
Story reprinted, with permission, from Pierce News website.