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WSP 112 — Conquering the Blank Page (CANCELLED)

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Apr 21—Apr 28
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 14
Unit: 1
Tuition: $355
Instructor(s): Ammi Keller
Limit: 21
Status: Cancelled
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Apr 21—Apr 28
2 days
Drop By
Apr 14
1 Unit
Ammi Keller
Every writer, from the bestselling novelist to the first-time author, confronts the same blank page at the start of a project. In this two-day course for new writers and for those with experience who want to get back to basics, students will begin by examining the anxiety a blank page can produce and assembling tools for overcoming these blocks. The rest of the course will be spent creating a mini-portfolio of multi-genre work. Students will complete brief modules on writing dialogue, creating suspense, varying their prose, crafting evocative description, and experimenting with new forms, each consisting of a timed freewrite, the sharing of writing by reading aloud, and a discussion of process. Readings of micro fiction, essay excerpts, and poetry by George Saunders, Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Tallent, Naomi Shihab Nye, Mark Doty, and others will provide a basis for imparting core concepts. At the end of the two daylong sessions, students will have half a dozen pieces of fresh writing to develop later, and a plan for continuing to write outside the classroom.

Ammi Keller, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Ammi Keller’s work appears in American Short Fiction, Joyland, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015. She has edited fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at Soft Skull Press and St. Martin’s Press, and has received residencies from the Norton Island, the Lambda Emerging Writers Retreat, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Textbooks for this course:

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