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Creative Writing Labs Cancelled

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Instructor: Hosanna Patience
5-10 students
Suggested Age Ranges: 13+ years old
Meets: Monday at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern Time


Should I be writing daily? What about inspiration?  If I am listening, will my characters “speak” to me?  Why is writing so much work?  These are just some of the many questions students will answer in the Creative Writing Labs as they define the techniques used when writing short stories, poetry, and autobiographical works. Student will then start writing a short story, a poem, and an autobiographical work that will be workshopped in class. Writing from Flannery O’Connor, Terri Bisson, Sandra Cisneros, and more will be read. 

Class Outline:

Week 1: Short Story: Setting, POV, perspective, character, and plotting.

Week 2: Short Story: Inspiration, writer’s block, refining your work.

Week 3: Short Story: Read and comment on student stories.

Week 4: Poetry: Verse, meter, meaning, and more.

Week 5: Poetry: Read and comment on student poems.

Week 6: Memoir: Using autobiographical detail with story-writing.

Week 7: Memoir: Read and comment on autobiographical works.

Week 8: Where to submit and publish.


For each of the three labs, students will write and revise short stories, poetry, and memoir outside of class.

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