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CW 107 W — Writing through Struggle

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Feb 13—Mar 17
Refund Deadline: Feb 16
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $370
Instructor(s): Caroline Goodwin
Limit: 100
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Feb 13—Mar 17
5 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 16
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Caroline Goodwin
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Today's world can be a challenging place to navigate, with so much conflict all around us on a daily basis. The practice of creative writing, however, can provide us with the opportunity to create meaning through language and community and can often act as a healing force in our lives. 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 and 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, then make a brief comment to one other student in the class. The prompts will challenge us to explore and expand our personal truths 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, a community of supportive fellow writers who are tackling their own struggles, and a sense of where to go next.

Because of the high enrollment capacity of the course, students will offer a single line of constructive feedback to one fellow student per prompt. Students may submit one piece per week for very light instructor feedback and encouragement. Online sessions will include breakout rooms for sharing our work.

Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Caroline Goodwin's recent poetry collections are Madrigals, Matanuska, and Old Snow, White Sun. Her essay "The Money Place" was listed as a notable essay of 2021 in The Best American Essays. 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.