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EGL 107 W — Writing Through Struggle

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Feb 16
Drop Deadline: Jan 29
Unit: 1
Tuition: $330
Instructor(s): Caroline Goodwin
Limit: 40
Status: Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 1/19 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 1/24 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Winter
Date(s)
Jan 16—Feb 16
5 weeks
Drop By
Jan 29
1 Unit
Fees
$330
Instructor(s):
Caroline Goodwin
Limit
40
Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 1/19 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 1/24 at 5:00 pm (PT).
In a 2013 New Yorker interview, the memoirist Sonali Deraniyagala claimed that “writing is a much better quality of agony than trying to forget.” In other words, we can choose to take our pain and create meaning through language and community, or we can box it up and leave it on the shelf. It’s up to us. Whether we are stressed by the current political climate or we’ve experienced a more individual difficulty or loss, the simple act of writing through struggle can bring purpose and satisfaction. In this course, we will read brief samples of literary art, from contemporary blogs to short stories to poems by Romantic poets. As we read, we will be mindful of how each writer has brought their own life to the page. Students will set a goal of freewriting to a prompt for a minimum of thirty minutes daily during the week. These prompts will challenge you to delve into your experiences, exploring and expanding your personal truth into the three major genres of writing: creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

Because of the high-enrollment capacity of the course, students will offer and receive feedback in small groups. Students may submit one piece per week for light instructor feedback, or up to 2,000 words total throughout the course.

Caroline Goodwin, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Caroline Goodwin’s work has been published in the New Republic, Puerto del Sol, PRISM international, and Catamaran Literary Reader, among others. She is the author of the poetry collections Text Me, Ishmael; Trapline; Peregrine; and The Paper Tree. From 2014 to 2016, she served as San Mateo County’s first Poet Laureate. She is currently at work on a book about the sudden loss of her husband in August 2016.

Textbooks for this course:

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