Creative Alchemy: Finding and Writing Life Stories You Were Meant to Tell
Use real life as a jumping off point for new writing, using activities and techniques that deepen and enrich how the stories are told.
What you can learn.
- Identify the core element of your story's fascination for readers
- Learn researching and interviewing techniques to gather details
- Cultivate your unique writing voice
- Formulate your story into a series of episodes for dramatic and imaginative effect
About this course:This course is for anyone who has a story from "real life" that needs to be told. Sometimes your story is about a person, place, thing, or some concealed part of yourself; a remembered time or event; or even something that will happen as you give account to its unfolding. Over the span of this course, you identify this element of your story's core fascination and acquire the skills to tell it, including researching and interviewing techniques, cultivating your own unique writing voice, and constructing your story into a combination of episodes that advance and present it to best dramatic and imaginative effect. Finally, you investigate possible venues where each story might most effectively be presented.
Summer 2020 Schedule
These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.
Enrollment limited to 15 students. 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.