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EGL 96 W — Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 25—Jul 27
Drop Deadline: Jun 28
Unit: 1
Tuition: $490
Instructor(s): David Rasch
Limit: 25
Status: Registration opens on 05/29/2018
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 6/28 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 7/3 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Summer
Date(s)
Jun 25—Jul 27
5 weeks
Drop By
Jun 28
1 Unit
Fees
$490
Instructor(s):
David Rasch
Limit
25
Registration opens on 05/29/2018
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 6/28 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 7/3 at 5:00 pm (PT).
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.

Grade restriction: No letter grade

David Rasch, 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 is the author of The Blocked Writer’s Book of the Dead, a workbook to help writers strengthen their practice of regular writing. He received a PhD in counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) David Rasch, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead (ISBN 978-1-935530-32-9)
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