“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”—Anais Nin
ABOUT THE COURSE
Creativity grows out of experimenting with one’s imagination. Artful writing is a process of discovery, collage, expression. Take this workshop & generate new work in a variety of genres—fiction, poetry, nonfiction. This course will be conducted as a workshop with weekly writing exercises, discussion & feedback of writing submissions as well as analysis of published work from contemporary and traditional authors. All manner of questions regarding the craft of creative writing will be addressed and discussed.
This course will meet for eight weeks, mostly online with one face-to-face workshop toward the end of the course. You will have continuous access to a shared space throughout the span of the workshop, and will receive exercises, reading, and prompts at the start of each week.
Every week, you’ll have the opportunity to turn in a poetry or prose for formal feedback from your instructor, who will give you editorial comments as well as suggestions for expansion in your reading and writing. You’ll also be able to ask questions in the course space, including an office hours forum.
There will also be a forum available where you and the rest of the workshop group can communicate with one another about ideas, questions, and your favorite sources for inspiration, ideas, and motivation.
This course will:
About the Instructor
Melissa lives in the Applegate Valley of southwestern Oregon. She holds degrees from UC Santa Cruz (BA) and the University of Montana (MS). She also holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is an Associate Essays Editor at the The Rumpus. Her essays, book reviews, and poetry have been published in Mid-American Review, Bellingham Review, River Teeth, Sweet, Terrain.org, Defunct, Numero Cinq among other publications. She is currently at work on a collection of lyric essays that focuses on themes of desire, marriage, landscape, and freedom. She has taught writing for many years.