Full course description
is an online creative writing class for high school studentsis a genre-mashing, experimental writing course aimed at helping you ask yourself the questions: What sort of writer am I? What sort of reading inspires me? and, What are my artistic sensibilities, anyway? In it, you will test the boundaries between fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, journalism, and various other sorts of creative writing which, taken together, constitute a vast and intricate wonder-scape just waiting to be explored. John Crowley, in his novel , envisions a series of nested imaginative realms, each bigger than the one that contains it. In exploring the realms of the written word, we will take Crowley's model as our own; the farther in you go, the bigger it gets! We will find out how, by working through the nuts and bolts of specific challenges in various kinds of writing, we can gain access to larger ideas about writing in general, ideas that transcend distinctions of "genre" and allow us to make use of our words as tools for thinking, for seeing the world. We will put these tools to use in short, guided writing exercises, which we will discuss, along with published works by established authors, in a conversational online setting. Think of this course as a six-week literary potluck. You are the cook and the banqueter. On both accounts, welcome, and enjoy! (Students will be required to complete weekly assignments and participate regularly in group discussions).
, meaning that students can complete the assignments and post in the discussion forums on their own schedules in their free time. It is important to note that even though students will be able to do the assignments on their own schedules, at any hour of the day or night, they will have to meet weekly deadlines. There may be some live classes only if students in the class are able to attend. Because students who take these courses live all over the world, in many different time zones, and have complex daily schedules, live classes are not always possible.
Eliana Ramage is a writer, teacher, an citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She attended Dartmouth College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She taught high school English in Tel Aviv for several years. She now lives in Nashville, where she is from, and works for a non-profit that assists first generation college applicants. She is at work on a novel about an aspiring astronaut from her tribe. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Baltimore Review, the Beloit Fiction Journal, and the anthologies All the Women in My Family Sing and Re(Sisters). She loves dance parties, television, and the Cherokee language.
virtual-job at a Nashville non-profit where we do college access for first-gen high school students.
REGISTRATION & FEES
The fee for this course is $475. 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: A $100 cancellation fee will be applied to refunds for cancellations received by Monday, May 31, 2021. Thereafter, no refunds are available.
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