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EGL 30 W — Creative Writing: Getting Across the Finish Line

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jun 24—Aug 16
Drop Deadline: Jun 27
Units: 2
Tuition: $735
Instructor(s): Joshua Rivkin
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is June 27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is July 2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Summer
Date(s)
Jun 24—Aug 16
8 weeks
Drop By
Jun 27
2 Units
Fees
$735
Instructor(s):
Joshua Rivkin
Limit
17
Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is June 27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is July 2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
You’ve taken a creative writing course or two (or six). You’ve written the first draft of an essay, a short story, or a group of poems. You have a stack of thoughtful responses from your instructor and classmates. You want to get to a “final” version, a polished essay or story or group of poems that’s ready to send out into the world. This course will provide you with the help, encouragement, and deadlines to get there.

The first several weeks of this course will be dedicated to revising your one longer work or set of poems based on previous feedback. As you revise and polish your piece, you will share sections and excerpts with your fellow students. We will read and discuss each of the pieces in depth and you will have a chance to share your final version. The last weeks of class will be spent writing or outlining new work. Along the way, we will read memoir excerpts, short stories, and poems by Vanessa Hua, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Alexander Chee, among others, to inspire our own writing and revision.

This course is designed for those who have already taken a creative writing course, either through Stanford Continuing Studies or elsewhere.

Joshua Rivkin, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Joshua Rivkin is the author of two books, Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly and Suitor, which is forthcoming. His work appears regularly in The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. He received a PhD in literature and creative writing from USC.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel (ISBN 1328764524)
(Required) Jay Woodruf, A Piece Of Work: Five Writers Discuss Their Revisions (ISBN 0877454094)
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