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EGL 63 — An Introduction to Creative Writing: Facing the Blank Page

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Mar 31—Jun 2
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 2
Units: 3
Tuition: $675
Instructor(s): Matthew Siegel
Limit: 22
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Mar 31—Jun 2
10 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 2
3 Units
Matthew Siegel
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
This course is designed to feed your ambition and enthusiasm, the parts of you that insist on seeing (and deserve to see) the blank page not as an empty well, but as a wellspring of opportunity. We will explore together how to revel in the possibility of new writing as we spill our black and blue ink across that clean, blank page. Student writers will examine and experiment with possibilities in fiction, poetry, personal essay, and forms that do not fit into any particular genre. Our course will remain very flexible to accommodate the needs of any writer looking to be inspired and to produce. We will read diversely and include texts on the creative process from Toni Morrison, Alexander Chee, James Baldwin, Lan Samantha Chang, Cheryl Strayed, Sandra Cisneros, and many others. Students will put together packets of new poems, stories, or personal essays to be examined and discussed by the class. To facilitate lots of writing, students will engage with writing prompts and exercises designed to help generate fresh new work, including writing from photographs and mementos and responding to other forms of art such as modern dance and music. By the end of the course, students will have come to define a personal writing practice that will nourish their creative urges, passions, and intellect.

Class sessions will not be recorded.

Matthew Siegel, Professor of Humanities and Sciences, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Matthew Siegel is the author of Blood Work, which received the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and was a finalist for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection from the Forward Arts Foundation in the UK. Siegel’s poems and essays have appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, The Guardian, PBS NewsHour, The Rumpus, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, and elsewhere. Siegel received an MFA from the University of Houston.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.