Instructor

Melissa Matthewson

Melissa lives and writes in the Applegate Valley of southwestern Oregon. She holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA), University of Montana (MS), and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA). Her essays, poetry, and book reviews have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Guernica, Mid-American Review, Bellingham Review, River Teeth, Sweet, Defunct, Numero Cinq, Wildness, Kindred Magazine, Terrain.org, Pithead Chapel, This Magazine, Literary Mama, Prime Number, Under the Gum Tree, and Cobra Lily Review among other publications. She teaches writing workshops, Zumba dance classes, and runs an organic farm. 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.

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Overview

“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:

  • provide a space in which to share work with your workshop leader and peers
  • provide 8 rounds of weekly feedback and instructive support with your workshop leader
  • provide office hours via private messaging and forum responses
  • inspire and generate new writing
  • introduce you to new writers
  • provide a space to discuss and learn about the craft of writing
  • introduce you to new work from contemporary and traditional authors

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. 

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