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WSP 191 — Creativity and Writing Workshop: Taking Risks, Bending Rules

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturday
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Jul 15
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 8
Unit: 0
Tuition: $200
Instructor(s): Ellen Sussman
Limit: 21
On-campus course
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Jul 15
1 day
Drop By
Jul 8
0 Unit
Ellen Sussman
You’ve stalled out on your writing. Or perhaps everything you’ve written feels like a retelling of the same story. Maybe you’re tired of your literary voice. How do you find the kind of creative energy that will take your writing into undiscovered territories? This workshop will be a day of exploration and discovery. The instructor will set up a series of in-class writing exercises, all focused on bringing your writing to a new place. A stronger voice? Braver characters? More exciting drama? It may be time to break the rules in your writing—let’s try that on for size. We’ll grapple with structure, character, style, plot. We’ll blast through the boundaries of how we usually do things and explore new paths.

The workshop is appropriate for students who are very experienced, as well as for newbies. You won’t be bringing any writing to class—we’ll start with a blank slate and take it from there. You will end the day with a good deal of new material, ready to make the writing year ahead productive, creative, and rule-bending.

Due to its short format, this workshop may not be taken for Credit or a Letter Grade.

Ellen Sussman, Author

Ellen Sussman is the author of four novels: A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is also the editor of two anthologies, Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex, and Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. She has taught at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Rutgers.

Textbooks for this course:

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