“My starting point is that the ability to write is unusually mysterious to most people. Few of life’s difficult tasks seem so acutely unrelated to effort or talent.”
~ Peter Elbow
Why is it that we produce so much writing that is flat, empty, and—dare we say it—dead? Gutsy writing, writing that exudes energy, that contains strong, coherent, and interesting ideas is within our grasp. But not by following the methods most of us learned in school. If you’re ready to have your ideas about writing upended, if you’re willing to unclench, write a lot, and throw away a lot, this class is for you. Drawing from Peter Elbow’s landmark book Writing Without Teachers, we’ll learn new ways to approach writing, understand why a lot of writing dies on the vine, and how, if we’re gutsy, we can revive it.
The class will include a behind-the-scenes look at several essays—from lousy first draft to finished piece—to understand how writing is transformed by the techniques we discuss in class. Participants will be invited to write their own essay (or story or poem) using these ideas with the goal of making the finished product some of their best writing yet.
This is a virtual class which will use Zoom meeting technology, a free software available for download. Participants will interact live with the instructor and will receive email attachments in advance of class to ensure rich discussion and engagement.
Writers of all abilities are welcome, especially writers who feel stuck in their current writing practice.
This is a 6-week workshop that will meet virtually on Zoom from 10 AM – 12 PM on the following Thursdays :
- May 21st
- May 28th
- June 4th
- June 11th
- June 18th
- June 25th
Susan Bruns Rowe writes and teaches in Boise, Idaho. Her writing has appeared in The Louisville Review, The Clackamas Literary Review, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. She serves on the editorial staff for the online magazine Literary Mama and teaches creative writing for The Cabin, the Osher Institute at Boise State University, and other organizations. Susan has an MFA in creative writing from Boise State University and an MA in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University.