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Writing Close to the Earth (6-Week Online Class)

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A six-week online creative writing course devoted to the habits of “earthy” writing—writing that is concrete rather than abstract, concerned with the material facts of our existence. Dates: 4/15-5/24.

(Limited to 12 participants). Register here.

Typical weekly workload

  • Reading: two or three essays

  • Listening: 20-30 minute lecture

  • Online Discussion: I will post several discussion questions each week. Hopefully they will lead to fruitful discussion in which you can participate as time allows.

  • Writing: 2-3 pages

I will provide detailed feedback on your writing every week. That back-and-forth is really the heart of the course.

Topics covered:

  • Concrete Language and Imagery

  • Learning to See

  • Place

  • Memory

  • Character

  • Metaphor