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EGL 107 W — Writing Through Struggle

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 26—Dec 4
Drop Deadline: Oct 29
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Caroline Goodwin
Limit: 100
Status: Open
Please Note: No class the week of November 23. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Flex Online(About Formats)
Date(s)
Oct 26—Dec 4
5 weeks
Drop By
Oct 29
1 Unit
Fees
$345
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Caroline Goodwin
Limit
100
Open
Please Note: No class the week of November 23. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
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 either to take our pain and create meaning through language and community, or to 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 lives 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 two thousand words total throughout the course.

Caroline Goodwin, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Caroline Goodwin's essay "A Widow's Guide to OKCupid" received second place in the 2019 Barry Lopez Nonfiction Contest at Cutthroat Journal. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, PRISM international, Puerto del Sol, and many other journals; she is the author of four poetry collections. 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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