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EGL 57 — Writing Toward Mindfulness: A Creative Journey

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 18—Feb 15
Time: 6:00—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 31
Unit: 1
Tuition: $430
Instructor(s): Sara Michas-Martin
Limit: 21
Status: Open
6:00—9:00 pm
Jan 18—Feb 15
5 weeks
Drop By
Jan 31
1 Unit
Sara Michas-Martin
Author Laraine Herring says: “When the writing is going well, notice, smile softly, and carry on. When the writing isn’t going so well, notice, smile softly, and carry on.” As Herring suggests, the dynamic activity of writing—the flow, the frustration—is ongoing. In this course, we will bring our attention to the present moment and loosen our hold on expected outcomes. Whether you are a seasoned writer, or just beginning to write, we will use these five weeks together to take a step back from the critical to uplift our approach to the creative process, especially in the generative stage. Beginning with the simple goal of responding to daily prompts, you will explore ways to write more freely, more patiently, and with greater awareness. Class sessions will be devoted to sharing from our writing experiments and discussing readings by authors including Dinty Moore, Jane Hirshfield, and Harryette Mullen that will guide our discussion of what it means to “write mindfully.” Come prepared to write something new and unexpected every day. Keep in mind this course is intended to be more “writing lab” than “fix-it workshop,” so while we’ll share very rough drafts, feedback will be offered with a light touch.

Sara Michas-Martin, Former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer, Stanford

Sara Michas-Martin is the author of the collection Gray Matter. Her poems and essays have appeared in Best New Poets, the Believer, Harvard Review, CURA, and elsewhere. She has taught writing and mindfulness workshops for Stanford, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and the UNM Summer Writers Conference in Santa Fe.