Creative Writing for the Non-Creative
Always want to be a poet, but can't quite set the words to paper? Write that Great American Novel? Your memoirs? This class will help you get started. We'll use some unique techniques and prompts to generate material and get you writing--whether you are creative or not. You'll be amazed at what you -- yes, YOU! -- will come up with. There's no painful dredging of memories here or journaling. (Unless you want to. But it's not required for the class). We'll be creating actual poems and short pieces based on observation, word play, etc. Did I mention that you'll actually have FUN writing?
About the class:
This class will be offered online. Student will be expected to read and comment upon one another's writing each week of the class and to participate in discussion. Given the techniques we are using, there wont' be any "critique" per se. We'll talk about the process of writing and what further ideas for poems and stories these prompts generate.
There will be one to two writing prompts for you to respond to each week and it's based on about two - three hours per week (the same that you'd spend in class). You certainly can write and contribute more if you like. If there is sufficient interest, we'll schedule live chat times. Otherwise, the class will be generated through a bulletin board for posting.
There will be no texts for this class beyond the prompts. However, students may share information about books and articles of use and interest to them
About the instructor:
Laura Winton has written poetry, plays, and short stories for 25 years which have been published throughout the US and around the world. She has also been a spoken word and performance artist for over 15 years. She has had her work performed locally at the Center for Independent Artists, Bryant Lake Bowl, Hopkins Center for the Arts, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival as well as at Lady Fest Midwest, Manhattan Theatre Project's Estrogenius, the School for Asian Studies in London, and more. She has taught other EXCO classes including Cutlure Jamming, Acting, and Exploring the City Situationist Style and has taught English composition for Illinois State University and various theatre courses at the University of Minneosta.
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Laura Winton has written poetry, plays, and short stories for 25 years which have been published throughout the US and around the world. She has also been a spoken word and performance artist for over 15 years. She has taught other EXCO classes including Culture Jamming, Acting, and Exploring the City Situationist Style and has taught English composition for Illinois State University and various theatre courses at the University of Minnesota.
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