Start Here: 8-Week Online So You Think You Want to Be A Creative Writer, Starts January 11th, 2021
Class Starts January 11th, 2021
ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: JANUARY 4THSo You Want to Be a Creative Writer...
So you want to be a poet or novelist or essayist...
So you want to get all of the ideas swirling around inside you down on the page...
This class will explore the habits and pitfalls of creative writing. Our goal will be to get you excited about what you're creating and inspired to keep at it. We'll talk about writer's block, inspiration, craft and rejection, and how it all fits into your life as an artist.
Using Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones as a textbook--as well as readings from other masters of fiction, poetry and memoir--we'll learn techniques to put the joy (back) into writing, to let our inner-children loose and to write wild, untamed, creative work.
This class is for beginners, as well as experienced writers who need to shake things up. We'll work on projects that can become poems, stories, memoirs or hybrid pieces. All you need is an open mind, heart and notebook.
- Lots of new writing.
- A deeper sense of your writing and unique gifts as a writer.
- New friends who are on the same journey.
- A feeling of creative playfulness and possibility.
- Creative courage.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class is entirely asynchronous with weekly deadlines and there is plenty of interaction with Sarah 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. Each writer will also submit writing for workshop, receiving feedback from their peers as well as Sarah; follow-up questions and conversations often occur. Sarah engages with these discussions throughout the week.
Instructor: Sarah Carson
Class size limited to 10 writers
Starts January 11, 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.
Instructor Sarah Carson is the author of two poetry collections—Buick City (Mayapple Press) and Poems in which You Die (BatCat Press)—as well as four chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Cream City Review, Guernica, the Minnesota Review, the Nashville Review and New Ohio Review, among others. Her story “Self-portrait” appeared on Wigleaf’s Top 50 Short Fictions list, and her poem “How to Baptize a Child in Flint, Michigan” was awarded the Copper Nickel Editors Prize. She has been a recipient of a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and an Honorary Ringmaster of a Flint, Michigan circus. You can find her work at sarahamycarson.wordpress.com.