Sustaining the Joy of Writing
George Orwell claims “writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness,” which is fair. But writing also allows us moments, sometimes even sustained periods of time, that are joyful. This joy is probably one of the reasons we began writing in the first place and it is what sustains us through the long trek toward a final draft. So how can we sustain joy as we work to make word count and page count, and solve problems of character, plot, or technique? In this course we will try to strike a balance between the slow, dogged, iterative revision process on which good writing depends, and the freedom of abandoning oneself to the page. We will play with techniques for rediscovering the pleasure of writing, as well as tricks for sustaining us through the work necessary to complete our projects.
Writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are all welcome!
This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!
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