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CNF 53 W — An Introduction to Creative Writing: The Untold Story

Quarter: Spring
Date(s): Mar 28—Jun 3
Duration: 10 weeks
Drop By
Drop Deadline: Mar 31
Unit(s): 3 Units
Tuition: $805
Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Limit: Limit 17
Status: Open
Do you have that itch to write but don’t know where to begin? Do you want to put pen to paper and construct a story that is both satisfying and compelling? Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” This introductory course will give you a platform to tell your stories and to experiment with the many forms of creative expression. Students will read poetry, short stories, and personal essays, including the work of Tobias Wolff, David Foster Wallace, Sylvia Plath, and Eula Biss. We will discuss the fundamentals of creative composition, including figurative language, sound, imagery, voice, narrative, and style, and complete weekly writing exercises designed to spark creativity and stimulate the mind. Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback from both their instructor and peers and will complete the course with a better sense of where their work is headed. Through lively discussion and close reading, we will determine the distinct characteristics and benefits of each genre and create a welcoming community of writers where we all support and engage each other.

This is an online course. For more information about the Online Writing Program, visit our FAQs.

Kimberly Grey, Marsh McCall Lecturer in Continuing Studies; Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Kimberly Grey’s first book, The Opposite of Light, received the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize and will be published this Spring. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including The Kenyon Review, Tin House, A Public Space, Southern Review, Boston Review, and the Best New Poets anthology. She has taught at Stanford and Adelphi University, where she received an MFA in poetry.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (ISBN 978-0385480017)
(Required) Lex Williford and Michael Martone, Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction (ISBN 978-1416531746)
(Required) Robert Shapiro and James Thomas, Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories (ISBN 978-0879052652)