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EGL 17 WB — Establishing a Creative Writing Practice

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Feb 15—Mar 19
Refund Deadline: Feb 18
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Ammi Keller
Limit: 125
Status: Open
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Feb 15—Mar 19
5 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 18
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Ammi Keller
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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 have gotten in the way. The good news is that it is easy to build a creative habit; 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. You will leave the course with a portfolio of fresh pieces of writing and a plan for expanding at least one of them into a completed 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 that includes creative exercises. Because of the high enrollment capacity, students will not receive instructor feedback on daily writing posts.

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 Section WB, or for both.

Ammi Keller, Instructor, Stanford Continuing Studies Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing; Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Ammi Keller’s teaching focuses on the intersection of mindfulness and creative writing. Her writing appears in American Short Fiction, Joyland, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She has edited fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at Soft Skull Press and Tor/Forge Books, 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.