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WSP 27 — Developing a Sustainable and Rewarding Writing Practice

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Aug 12—Aug 19
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Aug 5
Unit: 1
Tuition: $280
Instructor(s): Marisa Handler
Limit: 21
Status: Open
Summer
On-campus course
Saturdays
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Date(s)
Aug 12—Aug 19
2 days
Drop By
Aug 5
1 Unit
Fees
$280
Instructor(s):
Marisa Handler
Limit
21
Open
Writing workshops generally focus entirely on the product, and little on the process, of writing. Yet establishing a writing practice that works for us is key to getting any writing done, especially good writing. This course will explore the nuances of the writing process—how to write in a manner that feels balanced, productive, sustainable, and rewarding. Countering critical inner voices, building a daily writing practice, writing when uninspired, undertaking thorough revision, winnowing through and integrating feedback, and maintaining high standards for your work will all be addressed. We will discuss your individual concerns and blocks as well as complete writing exercises designed to get you past them. We will explore why we write in the first place—what we intend, what we hope to discover— and how to bring that creative wisdom to the process itself. You will emerge with a better understanding of your own writing process and how to engage in it fully and richly, as well as a concrete foundation for your long-term writing practice.

Marisa Handler, Author; Writing Instructor, Mills College

Marisa Handler is the author of the memoir Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist, which received a Nautilus Gold Award. Her essays, fiction, journalism, and poetry have appeared in The Sun, Orion, Salon, Witness, Kosmos, 580 Split, and other publications. Handler received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and numerous fellowships in creative writing, including a Fulbright and an Elizabeth George Foundation grant. She is at work on a novel.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Anne LaMott, Bird by Bird (ISBN 978-0385480017)
(Recommended) Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones (ISBN 978-1590302613)
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