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Creative Writing with Cindy Juyoung Ok (online Session 2 22) is a Course

Creative Writing with Cindy Juyoung Ok (online Session 2 22)


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There is a separate application process for this course. If you have not been accepted into the Iowa Young Writers' Studio online Summer Residential Program you are not eligible to enroll.

Creative Writing with Cindy Juyoung Ok

In this generative class, we’ll write every day in new ways using made forms, strange games, and surprising sources. As writers and learners, we’ll be reading words constantly and eagerly, but in Paulo Freire’s great words, we’ll also be reading the world. Creative writing will not be separate from the rest of your life; what preoccupies you, makes you feel, and shapes your day will instead buoy and motivate our class. We’ll engage with other arts, objects, and ideas, and respond to them with daily prompts that are flexible and evolving. You might write a poem based in a specific philosophical abstraction or revolve a personal essay around a quotation from the news. You might respond to food or architecture, music or TV, last night’s dream or this morning’s skincare routine. Let’s stretch, gather, question, play, hope, and haunt as we encounter the world outside of us and the world within us. We’ll read widely, across and through genres and styles, thinking not only what each piece does but how and why. That recognition will bring clarity and energy to your own work whether you explore point of view, time, or sound. In your writing, we’ll release preconceptions about what a poem requires, how a short story should start, or how many paragraphs an essay has, thinking beyond these ideas to work in terms of the unit of the experiment, feeling, or project. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to have your original writing be workshopped, and we will together read YOUR words and, of course, read your worlds, too. You’ll get to choose what kind of workshop feedback is best for your writing, plus there’ll be constant opportunities for more casual responses. The class will be on your own terms, on your own timing, and for your own process; you can conference with me one-on-one several times and we’ll have varied options for small or whole group meetings as you choose. All genres are welcome, and if you’d like to operate in between genres or try a completely new one, this is an exciting space for those jumps. You’ll leave the class with new writing and new vocabulary, but our most important goal is that you become more aware and active as a reader and writer, finding your interests and developing your tastes. Your curiosity will be honed in ways that bring you closer to what already delights and befuddles you. If you’re hard at work on a novel, this time is a chance to consider the interiority of a minor character or add a surprising scene; if you’re hoping to write something totally unlike the poems you sent in as your sample, this space provides a simple way into using the thoughts, words, and choices you have as a writer. If you’re craving innovation, intention, or exhilaration in your writing, this community will support you.

Cindy Juyoung Ok, a former public high school teacher, is currently a creative writing lecturer at UC San Diego and an assistant editor at Guernica Magazine. Cindy’s writing has been supported by fellowships from organizations like Hambidge Center, Banff Centre, and VONA, and published in journals including The Yale Review, Black Warrior Review, and Poetry, with a chapbook, House Work, forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse.




The fee for this course, which includes the fee for the 2-week session of the online Summer Residential Program, is $575. Payment in full is required to enroll in the course.


Note: Your credit card payment will be processed by an external provider and will appear on your credit card statement as “UI Writing—Magid Center."


Cancellation Policy: If you cancel or withdraw before June 1, 2022 a $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. Thereafter no refunds are available. 




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