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EGL 107 — Writing Through Struggle

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jun 27—Aug 8
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 10
Unit: 1
Tuition: $490
Instructor(s): Caroline Goodwin
Limit: 21
Status: Registration opens on 05/29/2018
Please Note: No class on July 4
6:30—9:30 pm
Jun 27—Aug 8
6 weeks
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Jul 10
1 Unit
Caroline Goodwin
Registration opens on 05/29/2018
Please Note: No class on July 4
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.

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 at work on a book about the sudden loss of her husband in August 2016. Goodwin received an MA from the University of British Columbia.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Sonali Deraniyagala, Wave (ISBN 978-0345804310)