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EGL 96 W — Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Apr 3—May 5
Drop Deadline: Apr 11
Unit: 1
Tuition: $465
Instructor(s): David Rasch
Limit: 17
Apr 3—May 5
5 weeks
Drop By
Apr 11
1 Unit
David Rasch
This course will provide information, guidance, support, and strategies for writers who would like to improve their writing productivity. Students will learn about the different varieties of writing blocks, assess their own issues, and explore a number of approaches to making positive changes. Each week will include a presentation on a specific writing productivity challenge, such as procrastination, fear of failure, perfectionism, and dealing with criticism. The course will include readings and exercises designed to promote better writing habits and enhanced self-awareness related to writing. Students will receive feedback on assignments, and the instructor will be available to respond to student questions. Students will gain a deeper understanding of their particular challenges with being productive as a writer, and will become familiar with resources, tools, and strategies for increasing the likelihood of initiating and sustaining writing in their daily lives. This course will be useful to writers of all types, genres, and skill levels, as we will focus on the process of writing, not the content or style of what is written. Reading materials for the course will include a workbook written by the instructor, several articles, and a list of recommended texts.

This course may not be taken for a Letter grade.

Although the time commitment for an online writing course is dependent upon one’s degree of participation, students should plan on investing four to six hours per week in order to gain substantial benefit from the course.

David Rasch, University Ombuds, Stanford; Psychologist; Writing Consultant

David Rasch has been working for over twenty-five years with writers who struggle with blocks, procrastination, and other writing productivity problems. Past president of the Central Coast branch of the California Writers Club, Rasch has presented at numerous conferences and has received awards for his short fiction. Rasch is the author of The Blocked Writer’s Book of the Dead, a workbook to help writers strengthen their practice of regular writing.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) David Rasch, Ph.D, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead (ISBN 978-1-935530-32-9)
(Recommended) Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (ISBN 978-0385480017)
(Recommended) Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way (ISBN 978-1585421466)
(Recommended) Eviatar Zerubavel, The Clockwork Muse (ISBN 978-0674135864)
(Recommended) Peter Elbow, Writing Without Teachers (ISBN 978-0195120165)
(Recommended) Robert Boice, Professors as Writers: A Self-Help Guide to Productive Writing (ISBN 978-0913507131)