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Sheila Bender

EXPLORING 3 CREATIVE WRITING SUBGENRES: Prose Poetry, Lyric Essays, and Epistolary (Letter Form) Writing  by Sheila Bender

CLASS DATES: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DURATION: 6 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  With short reading assignments as models for each of the three subgenres, over our six weeks together the instructor will coach you to create 2 prose poems, 2 short lyric essays and 2 epistolary pieces of your own. In classroom posts, we’ll discuss venues for publication.

Format: In alternating weeks, students will read published models from links supplied by the instructor and participate in online discussions about them via posts in our private Google Groups classroom. Students will write their own pieces in that subgenre inspired by the models provided for instructor feedback.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  1. To explore new strategies in organizing personal experience for the page
  2. To practice deepening and shaping skills
  3. To practice providing and using valuable empowering response to drafts
  4. To learn about venues for publication

Taking this class no only gave me a safe container to hold and work with my grief, but helped to jumpstart my writing again. It was a pleasure to work with each of my classmates, and I enjoyed the process of sharing our work. ~ April Doherty

I have taken several online courses with relatively famous women writers, and you have been the most giving and involved with genuine feedback and follow-through. I thank you for that. I have learned from reading your remarks to others and the assignments have been thought-provoking and challenging—just the right mix for an aspiring writer. ~ Lori Talarico

You’re a wonderful memoir teacher—truly, the best I've had. ~ Debby Silverberg

I’m so excited. Thanks to youyou're your smarts and response. I love what you have done. Your work on my one section is a gift as you are indeed a gift. I have carefully read and read your revision and with increasing clarity see what you have done; it works much better for certain and has set me on a ‘new and improved’ start. ~ Nancy Levinson

... your writing guidance is priceless! ~ Edith O’Nuallain

Thank you all so much for reading and providing feedback to me, and for encouraging me to open that vein! Sheila, this has by far been the best writing class I have ever taken as far as the process (Velcro and feelings, curiosities) and the feedback. You are amazing! ~ Ruth Ewers

WEEKS AT A GLANCE:

Week One: The Prose Poem—Models to Study
Prose poetry and flash writing are closely related. We’ll read from various models (links provided) and “talk” about the ways the works are constructed—what we admire and what needs clarification.

Assignment: Participants will post short responses to the reading, post questions, and join in a discussion led by the instructor via posts in our private Google Groups classroom and learn about possible publication venues.

Week Two: The Prose Poem—New Work by Participants
Each participant will post 2 pieces of up to 500 or so words, inspired by the models read the previous week.

Assignment: In addition to posting writing, classmates (as well as the instructor) will provide detailed responses to the writings that are posted to help the writer in revision. The instructor will offer a response method that empowers the writer in knowing where to go in revision. Each writer may post one revision, sometime during our weeks together.

Week Three: The Lyric Essay—Models to Study
The lyric essay is one built in parts rather than connected by exposition and narrative. We’ll read from various models (links provided) and “talk” via posts in our online group about the ways the works are constructed, what we admire and what needs clarification.

Assignment: Participants will post short responses to the reading, post questions, and join in a discussion led by the instructor via posts in our private Google Groups classroom and learn about possible publication venues.

Week Four: The Lyric Essay—New Work by Participants
Each participant will post one lyric essay draft up to 2,000 words inspired by the models read the previous week. The instructor and classmates will provide detailed responses to the writings that are posted to help the writer in revision. Each writer may post, sometime during our weeks together, one revision to the work they created during this week.

Assignment: In addition to posting writing, classmates (as well as the instructor) will provide detailed responses to the writings that are posted to help the writer in revision. The instructor will offer a response method that empowers the writer in knowing where to go in revision. Each writer may post, sometime during our weeks together, one revision to the work they created this week.

Week Five:  The Epistolary Form—Models to Study
The letter form is an old one that offers the writer the advantage of a built in focus as the writing is addressed to someone in particular.

Assignment: We’ll read from various models (links provided) and “talk” via online posts about the ways the works are constructed, what we admire and what needs clarification as well as venues for publishing in this form.

Week Six: The Epistolary Form—New Work by Participants
Participants will post 1 letter form essay up to 2,500 words or a string of shorter ones (like a post card form) up to that word count and receive detailed response for help in revision.

Assignment: In addition to posting writing, classmates (as well as the instructor) will provide detailed responses to the writings that are posted to help the writer in revision. Each writer may post a revision to this letter form essay at the end of the week for response toward revision. The instructor will accept a revision for this essay during a post-class seventh week if that time is needed.

Materials needed:   The instructor will post each of the subgenre models at the opening of the “reading week” so students can work on generating their responses and the next week post their writing on their own time, at their own speed during the class week. She will respond to posted writing within 48 hours so the writer can get started on expanding the piece.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:  Sheila Bender, founder of WritingItReal.com, is the author of many books on writing, including the popular Writing and Publishing Personal Essays and Creative Writing DeMystified. Her memoir is entitled A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief. Her book of poems is Behind Us the Way Grows Wider. She has been updating previously published books. Two of them are now available in print and digitally on Amazon and through bookstores: Writing in a Convertible with the Top Down, co-authored with Christi Killien Glover, and Sorrow’s Words: Writing Exercises to Heal Grief. As a writer, teacher and editor, she believes that writing so others understand our hearts and minds helps us understand ourselves, heal grief and sadness and grow. She is a frequent presenter at conferences, most recently The Mendocino Coast Writer’s Conference and Centrum Foundation's summer Port Townsend Writer’s Conference.

COST:  $180. The class will use a Google Groups format, to which the instructor will provide access.

BUY NOW:  Exploring 3 Creative Writing Subgenres, by Sheila Bender (6 weeks, starting 8/1/2017) Limit: 10 students. Early registration is recommended.

This class is now closed. Please check here for our current schedule.

For Class Session Starting 8/1/2017

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Notes: Upon successful completion of payment, your name, email address, and contact info will be submitted to your instructor.

Questions? Email Marcia & Angela at:
classroom[at]wow-womenonwriting[dot]com

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