EGL 19 WA — The Creative Habit: Cultivating a Daily Writing Practice
Every weekday, for four weeks (the first twenty weekdays of this course), you will receive a prompt, from which you should free write for thirty to sixty minutes (or whatever you can spare). Weekends will be off. The daily prompts will encourage you to try the three major genres of writing: creative nonfiction (writing from what you know), fiction (turning what you know into stories, or making things up), and simple poetic forms (exploring the boundaries of language). You will always be welcome to approach a prompt from a different genre or angle. In the fifth and final week of this course, you may choose to revise one of your earlier pieces or continue receiving prompts each weekday. This course is for those who want to write without inhibition and have fun without an evaluative component. You will be allowed to choose one piece each week for instructor feedback, if you wish, and you can work in a small group or opt not to. We will seek to forge a sense of community and to find the quality of heightened awareness that comes from using creative writing as a way of being more present in the world.
Because of the high-enrollment capacity, students will not receive instructor feedback on daily writing posts. Instead, students may receive light instructor feedback on one piece per week. Alternatively, students may choose to submit fewer, longer pieces for feedback: up to 2,000 words total over the five weeks of the course.
Please note: Section WA and Section WB of “The Creative Habit: Cultivating a Daily Writing Practice” have the same objective—to foster a daily practice—but use different daily prompts. Students may register for Section WA or WB, or for both.
Grade restriction: No letter grade