Writing Creative Nonfiction about Mental Illness, 4-Week Online Class Starts April 5th, 2021
Class Starts April 5th, 2021
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In addition, students will write one personal essay to be workshopped by myself and their classmates, allowing them to leave class with a piece they’re proud of, and know how to grow going forward.
NOTE: This is a class of nonfiction dealing with mental illness and the readings we will discuss in class deal with difficult and traumatic human experiences. Creative nonfiction, especially memoir, often takes a hard look at the unpleasant sides of human experience including eating disorders, loss, substance abuse, and assault. This is something you need to be prepared for in reading, discussing, and (perhaps) writing nonfiction.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class is entirely asynchronous which means you complete the weekly assignments on your own schedule. There are no set meeting times in order to allow for greater participation; your cohort will consist of writers from across different time zones, which allows for a wonderful diversity of voices.
Along with your weekly deadlines there is plenty of interaction with Courtney and your peers within Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment.
You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule. There are discussion questions each week inspired by the assigned readings and topics in the lecture notes. Students are encouraged to take these wherever is most compelling and/or useful for them. Courtney engages with these discussions throughout the week and you will receive feedback from all assigned writing activities.
HOW DOES WET INK WORK?
Wet Ink was built and designed specifically for online writing classes. Wet Ink is private, easy to use, and very interactive. You can learn more about the Wet Ink platform by Watching a Class Demo.
Instructor: Courtney Cook
Class size limited to 10 writers
Class Starts April 5th, 2021
Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.
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Instructor Courtney Cook holds her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of California, Riverside, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Comics at the California College of the Arts. She has also studied creative writing & literature at the University of Michigan and New York University. An essayist, poet, and illustrator, Courtney's work has been seen in The Rumpus, Hobart, Lunch Ticket, Split Lip Magazine, Wax Nine, and Maudlin House, among others. Her graphic memoir, THE WAY SHE FEELS, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in summer 2021. When not creating, Courtney enjoys napping with her senior cat, Bertie, and running her literary magazine, On Loan From the Cosmos. You can view her work on her website, courtneycook.me.