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Writing in the Margins: Developing a Sustainable Writing Practice

Date: 1/8/18 – 2/5/18

Location: Online

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Beginning

Genre: Basics

Pricing:
• Regular: $80.00
• Member: $72.00


Our creative desires are constantly in conflict with the day-to-day realities of our lives. Doris Lessing said, "Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible." Writing in the margins means finding clever ways to work around those inevitably difficult conditions. For some people, that means writing in short, concentrated bursts in free slivers of time during the week. For others, it means frantically typing out an idea onto their phones while in line at the post office. How do we carve out space in our day for writing? Where can we find inspiration to continue, even when the conditions feel impossible?

In this class, we'll set intentions for our writing, discuss obstacles that currently stand in our way, and develop a toolkit of strategies for holding ourselves accountable. We'll look at online resources for minimizing distraction, technological tracking tools for motivation, and essays by writers who have successfully navigated careers while continuing to write. We will find "margins" in our lives that give us space to create a meaningful writing practice and a fulfilling creative life. 

Readings

"Failure as Muse" Marie-Helene Bertino 
"My Writing Education" George Saunders 
"So You Want to be a Writer" Colum McCann 
Selected prompts/essays from "Naming the World" Bret Anthony Johnston 
Selected writing advice from the Guardian online archives