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CW 01 B — Writing in Community: Awakening the Creative Spirit

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 27—Aug 24
Time: 7:00—8:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 29
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $255
Instructor(s): Rachel Smith
Limit: 125
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:30 pm (PT)
Jul 27—Aug 24
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 29
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Rachel Smith
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Success in writing ends up being largely practical: Can you carve out the time? For many of us, the hardest part is simply sitting down and getting words onto the page. Doing exactly that is the focus of this course. In each ninety-minute class session, you will accomplish a significant amount of new writing, in community with a group of like-minded students. We’ll begin with a brief craft discussion or close reading, which will form the seed of a prompt designed to turn your mind—and your material—in new directions. The next half hour will comprise an in-class writing session, either working directly from the prompt or using it to inspire a new section in something you’re already working on. We will take a short break for small-group sharing and guided peer feedback, designed to ignite further ideas for developing the piece you’ve just completed. You’ll have the opportunity to integrate that feedback—or work off of a second prompt—in another twenty-minute writing session. Finally, we will come together briefly as a class to share reflections, struggles, and successes from the day’s writing. This schedule may sometimes vary, but we’ll always have an eye on reaping the focus, inspiration, and productivity that happen when we support one another in accomplishing our goals. You will finish the course with a stack of new writing, a more varied and vibrant writing practice, and a stronger sense of how community can bring the creative spirit alive.

Section A and Section B of "Writing in Community: Awakening the Creative Spirit" cover the same content.

Former William Chace Lecturer in Continuing Studies; Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Rachel Smith’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Seattle Times, The Rumpus, Brevity, and The Coachella Review. She has received residencies and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Marquette Residency, and the Elizabeth George Foundation, and has taught creative writing at Stanford, the University of San Francisco, and the University of Mississippi, where she received an MFA in creative writing.

Textbooks for this course:

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