January 31, 2019–April 18, 2019
The Writing Experiment: Life Writing for Heart Hungry Times
Engaging writing relies on people willing to go out into the world and do things most people wouldn't do—and writing about it. You are going to be a life reporter for 12 weeks, sent out on assignment, using a different genre each week to write about your findings. You'll get to know yourself further as a writer through interaction with your community and how that affects your writing and process by observing your personal response before returning to the classroom and sharing.
Additionally, we'll workshop, compare findings, and discuss how writers have both responsibility and power to incite change, especially during fear-based times, and how to inspire through vulnerability, empathy, and strength. In class we'll practice daring, risky, passionate, forbidden on the spot writing to fire your process and help get you in touch with what matters most and how that impacts field work. Readings include first person narratives from Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hahn, Natalie Goldberg, The New Yorker, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Sun Magazine, and more.
Readers and publications everywhere (especially now) hunger for authentic inspiring real life investigation into real life situations, offering heart-to-heart wisdom. By the end of class, you'll have submittable pieces ready to go.