Class Assignment Inspires MHCC Student to Write and Publish a Novel

Posted: March 28, 2014

When William Curl began writing a paper as a class assignment at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), he had no idea it would end up a novel and be available from Amazon, iTunes and Nook.

Curl’s inspiration for “Faith of the Cosmos: The Beginning” grew out of World Religions, taught by Timothy Watson. “He gave us a template for our stories,” says Curl. “I obviously took advantage of the opportunity to expand on it a bit.”

Referring to his 142- page novel as “one of my greatest creations,” Curl says the story includes “a little religion, a little science and a little theory.” It explores answers to questions he has pondered since childhood: Where did we come from and where are we going?

“They are mind-opening questions that either reinforce your belief systems about our creation, or introduce you to new possibilities,” says the 31-year-old author. “Over time and with age, many other real world questions tend to take precedence and cause the creation questions to become lost in the recesses of our reality. In my life, however, the thirst for this knowledge only grew over time, and provided the basic elements necessary to nurture many different theories of my own.”

Curl admits that he does not possess the answers to life’s biggest questions, but asserts that he may be onto something.

“The story is a fictional tale about us. The main character, Travis, is thrown right into the raw concepts of creation, and is forced to consider his own position in it all,” says Curl.

“My hope is to encourage imagination, to help you foster a mindful and open approach to these questions and to inspire you to formulate your own theories of everything through imagination and theory,” he says.

Book Signing April 22

The MHCC bookstore will host a book signing by the author, April 22, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase.

About the Author

Curl enrolled at MHCC spring term 2012 after attending Portland State University (PSU) for a little over one year. He has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and will soon graduate with an Associate of Arts – Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree. He plans to return to PSU and complete a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. He attended Benson and Lincoln High Schools in Portland.

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