WSP 191 — Creativity and Writing Workshop: Taking Risks, Bending Rules
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Apr 14
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 7
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s): Ellen Sussman
10:00 am—4:00 pm
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Have you stalled out on your writing? Or perhaps everything you have written feels like a retelling of the same story. Maybe you are 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. We will grapple with structure, character, style, plot. We will blast through the boundaries of how we usually do things and explore new paths. You won’t bring any writing to class—we will 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.
This course is appropriate for writers of all experience levels.
Ellen Sussman, AuthorEllen 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.