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EGL 17 WB — Establishing a Creative Writing Practice

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Feb 18—Mar 22
Drop Deadline: Feb 21
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Ammi Keller
Limit: 125
Status: Open
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is February 21 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is February 26 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Winter
Date(s)
Feb 18—Mar 22
5 weeks
Drop By
Feb 21
1 Unit
Fees
$340
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Ammi Keller
Limit
125
Open
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is February 21 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is February 26 at 5:00 pm (PT).
The benefits of creativity are enormous. Engaging in creative activity lightens our hearts, sharpens our senses, and helps us make peace with our experiences. But all too often we don’t prioritize creative activity, either because we have internalized messages that we aren’t good enough or because life’s demands get in the way. The good news is that it is easy to build a creative habit, and creative writing requires no special equipment and can be done almost anytime, anywhere, by anyone, and throughout your life. This course will combine daily writing prompts with inspiring information about why and how to make creativity a part of your solitary time, your family life, and your work life. You will be encouraged to try fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and will get to play with craft in each genre. On the process side, you will learn about growth mindsets, embracing mistakes, and the reasons neuroscience urges us to give up perfectionism. Students will leave the course with a portfolio of fresh pieces of writing and a plan for expanding at least one of them into a finished work, as well as the skills, techniques, and habits of mind needed to maintain a regular creative writing practice.

This is a large-format course designed to be used flexibly by students who have variable amounts of time to devote to it. The course will include a live, one-hour videoconferencing session each week with creative exercises. Because of the high-enrollment capacity, students will not receive instructor feedback on daily writing posts. Please note: Section WA and Section WB of “Establishing a Creative Writing Practice” have the same objective—to foster a daily practice—but use different prompts and creativity-related links. Students may register for Section WA or WB, or for both.

Ammi Keller, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Ammi Keller’s work appears in American Short Fiction, Joyland, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015. She has edited fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at Soft Skull Press and St. Martin’s Press, and has received residencies from the Norton Island Colony, the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Textbooks for this course:

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