WSP 40 — Write Fast to Find Your Creative Voice
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Apr 15—Apr 22
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 8
Instructor(s): Angela Pneuman
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Apr 15—Apr 22
One of the biggest challenges of writing is facing the blank page, and one of the most tried-and-true methods for outdistancing the inner critic—the voice that makes it hard to put down the first word—is writing quickly. Finding your voice means figuring out the best ways to encourage your first creative impulses before anything else takes over. In this workshop, we will try out a range of exercises designed to tap into your most fiction-worthy responses—the unplanned words that take you by surprise and carry you forward into ideas for a story or even a novel. We will talk about creative practices that help you pay the most useful kind of attention to your world, and we’ll practice mining your perceptions and experiences for your very best material. In-class readings and prompts will be designed to help launch you on the road to your next fiction project. We’ll use brief, small-group workshops of these writing assignments for helpful instructor and peer feedback. This workshop is for beginners interested in fiction writing of all kinds.
Angela Pneuman, Former Stegner Fellow, StanfordAngela Pneuman is the author of the novel Lay It on My Heart and the short story collection Home Remedies. Her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Iowa Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Los Angeles Review. She is a contributor to Salon, The Believer, and The Rumpus. She received an MFA in writing from Indiana University and a PhD in English from the State University of New York at Albany.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.