Note: For the writer, the journey from wishful to virtuoso is one whose alchemical transformations occur entirely within a process of work. In our classes we work very hard. Are you ready to work and have you cleared enough time to do every assignment to the best of your ability? That is the question to ask yourself as you consider taking one or another of these courses. Oh, yes, we do have fun. But we groan too, and we work.
Writing Courses Offered
We are on Zoom again, due to the unavailability of classroom space and to the ongoing risk of the virus. I send the link and am available a half hour before class starts.
In this seminar we will compose two new pieces and revise a work-in-progress to completion. We will work on sentences, as we do. We now do all sentence work from week to week. The three pieces and the List of Works will be due postmarked on May 2, 2022.
The form is lyric essay. (One of your pieces may be a short story.) The theme is “home,” broadly interpreted. Here is Christian Wiman on “home”:
“A word that means everything—home is a house, a country, a language, a love, a longing, a grief, a god—means nothing. Gradually though, I found the linguistic slippage provocative. That a word could have a meaning so various and contradictory meant something was deeply—and sill—at stake.” (The American Scholar, Autumn 2021).
The price is $400.
The Writer’s Portable Mentor, second edition.
Wayne Koestenbaum, Figure It Out: Essays. (Please get this book and start reading as soon as you are accepted into the course.)
We will meet:
1. Monday January 10, 1–3 pm.
2. Monday January 24, 1-3 pm.
3. Monday February 7, 1-3 pm.
4. Monday February 21, 1-3 pm.
5. Monday March 7, 1-3 pm.
6. Monday March 14, 1–3 pm.