Crafting Survival Stories: One Day Workshop


Turn singularly or globally catastrophic events into meaningful literature in this course that guides you through writing thoughtfully and sensitively about disasters.

Remote Instruction
As few as 1 day

What you can learn.

  • Learn about the psychology of catastrophe and how humans cope with uncertainty
  • Examine how catastrophe has influenced the past and historical literature
  • Get advice on how to craft writing that explores personal or global disasters

  • Discover universal truths in your personal experiences and stories

About this course:

Catastrophe is becoming more common an experience than Americans imagined possible. Writers are invited to focus on the universal truths revealed about humanity through stories about singular or global events. This cross-genre course unpacks those truths through multiple lenses. Work will be explored in terms of craft and also from psychological, philosophical, or historical perspectives.

Summer 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses meet regularly and are fully online. Click “See Details” below for more information.

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Saturday 10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Eileen Cronin
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The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program will be offering this one-day course for free in order to support students seeking remote learning opportunities during the developing COVID-19 situation. For more information about courses offered by the Writers’ Program, please visit

Internet access required.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.

Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Sat Jul 18, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
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