Feeling stuck with your writing, or looking for inspiration? Sometimes our stories and essays become so familiar to us, our habits so ingrained, that it’s hard to see beyond their borders or feel energized about starting new work. It may be time to drop down the rabbit hole!
This four-week, online class will present strategies to lift you out of ruts and help you solve problems in your writing. Each week focuses on a different topic: restricting ourselves, thinking small, thinking big, and manipulating time. The goal? To take risks, uncover new possibilities, and follow them wherever they may lead.
You may be surprised what you discover!
Weekly exercises will give you practical ways to find inspiration or gain new insight into existing work. The lessons apply to both fiction and nonfiction, and writers of all levels are welcome.
This class will be on Wet Ink, our online, asynchronous learning partner.
Week One: Restrict Yourself
It may sound like a contradiction, but the more restrictions we place on our writing, the more our imagination and word count can grow. We’ll impose forms on our stories and explore the rewards of being random.
Week Two: Think Small
This week, we’ll whittle down our stories to discover what’s at the center, learn the power of a single vivid detail, and bring urgency to our narratives.
Week Three: Think Big
We’ll expand the frontiers of our stories, focus on the bigger narrative arc, and investigate the ways that history and culture can guide our characters and plots.
Week Four: The 4th Dimension
This module explores the manipulation of time: slowing down, speeding up, and projecting ourselves into the future to gain perspective on our stories.
Writers of all genres and levels are welcome.
What to Expect with this Online Class
Students can expect to spend two to three hours per week writing and interacting with classmates and the instructor. New lessons become available each Tuesday, but can be completed anytime during the week.
This work will be supported by:
- a weekly video from the instructor introducing the topic
- an interactive lesson, moderated by the instructor
- new exercises and materials available every week
- full participation from every student to give and get feedback
- email for one-to-one interaction with the instructor
Students will begin the week with a lesson containing reading and discussion materials, along with specific exercises to reinforce craft elements. No long lectures or text. Just the important points and fun, imaginative exercises.
During the week, students will post their work and comment on the work of the other participants. The instructor will also provide feedback on the exercises.
The only requirement is a reliable internet connection!