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EGL 107 W — Writing Through Struggle

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 24—Jul 26
Drop Deadline: Jun 27
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Caroline Goodwin
Limit: 75
Status: Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is June 27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is July 2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Summer
Date(s)
Jun 24—Jul 26
5 weeks
Drop By
Jun 27
1 Unit
Fees
$340
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Caroline Goodwin
Limit
75
Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is June 27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is July 2 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 up our pain and leave it on the shelf. The choice is ours. Whether we are stressed by the current political climate or by a more individual difficulty or loss, the simple act of writing through struggle can bring purpose and satisfaction. To understand how other writers have brought their own life to the page, we will read brief samples of literary art, from contemporary blogs to short stories to Romantic poetry. Each weekday, students will receive a writing prompt, and will set a goal of freewriting to the prompt for a minimum of thirty minutes. These prompts will challenge us to delve into our experiences, exploring and expanding our personal truth into the three major genres of writing: creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. The goal will be simply to express ourselves, without worrying about the ultimate form of our creativity. Students will complete this course with a strong writing practice in place and clear direction for future projects.

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 poems and essays have been published in the New Republic, Junction Box, Puerto del Sol, PRISM international, and elsewhere. She is the author of the poetry collections Trapline, Peregrine, The Paper Tree, and Custody of the Eyes, which is forthcoming. From 2014 to 2016, she served as San Mateo County’s first Poet Laureate. She received an MFA from the University of British Columbia.

Textbooks for this course:

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