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A Writer's Paradise

Summer 2021 Full Session
Evening and Weekend
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 20
8 16 Credits per quarter
Variable credit options, see below
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Fiction! Essays! Non-fiction! Creative non-fiction! Academic writing! Journalism! Poetry! You choose what to write about, and the form of your writing. We have a summer-friendly schedule for working adults and others. Beginning to advanced writers are welcome.

Dive into your writing in this craft-intensive class. We'll have regular peer-support and critique groups, seminars on fiction and non-fiction, workshops to sharpen skills and generate ideas, writing exercises, and extensive one-on-one time available with faculty. Deepen engagement with your own writing, build critical reading skills, and refine your editorial eyes and ears. We'll work with stories, essays, novels, and poems that allow us to study writing strategies. Students will be introduced to close, critical reading practices, and, in short, learn to read like writers.

Writers will receive substantial, individualized faculty and peer support.

We will focus extensively on developing and nurturing our own creative processes, setting aside time for student-initiated hikes, and/or other sensory writing activities. Guest writers will offer readings and workshops. 

Our schedule is summer friendly to working adults, meeting regularly on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. There are also two, short Saturday online sessions during each summer session. I will collaborate with students as they arrange other activities that take place out of class. 

This offering is remote, allowing students to participate from nearby or away. Students should have access to a computing device appropriate for Zoom and Canvas. Contact Nancy (below) with questions. You will have opportunities to work independently, in groups, and individually with the faculty member. Our approach will emphasize participation in live (synchronous) sessions, however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn related credit. This is a full or half-time summer program that can be taken for 8 credits first session, 8 credits second session, or 16 credits for the full summer session. 

Zoom (online) class sessions will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m. Special Saturday workshops and activities will be from 10 a.m. to noon weeks 3 and 4 first session, and weeks 7 and 9 during the second session.

Please contact me, Nancy A. Parkes, to discuss or arrange a Zoom meeting. 


Summer 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Full Session (16): 40064
First Session (8): 40065
Second Session (8): 40066

Academic details

Preparatory for studies and careers in

Communications, Public Policy, Non-profit, Journalism, Advanced Undergraduate Studies, Graduate School, Writing, Literature, Natural History

Variable Credit Options

Students can take this program for 16 credits full session, or 8 credits first or second session. 

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Time Offered
Evening and Weekend
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