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.
Madison Archard attended the Johns Hopkins University, where she earned from editors of the Norton Anthology of Poetry, Pulitzer Prize nominees, and former British poet laureates. She developed her interest in queer feminist poetics, the visual language of film, and the social efficacy of the written word. She took part in the Baltimore Uprising, marching to protest police brutality alongside graduate students in poetry, who went on to introduce her to Baltimore’s literary circuit. When she was twenty-one she drove for three days with a cat on her lap to Iowa City, where she began her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. There, she worked on a thesis about—among other things—90s feminist photography, photojournalism and war, pacifism and utopic thinking, and the 1972 movie Deliverance. She is currently a graduate student in poetics at the University of Buffalo.
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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