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

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Oct 9—Oct 10
Time: 9:30 am—12:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 2
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $240
Instructor(s): Ellen Sussman
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Closed
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
Saturday and Sunday
9:30 am—12:00 pm (PT)
Oct 9—Oct 10
2 days
Refund Date
Oct 2
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Ellen Sussman
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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? 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 workshop with a good deal of new material, ready to make the writing year ahead productive, creative, and rule-bending.


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.