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Fall 2020: Writing No Matter What

September 12 - September 26, 2020
10:00 a.m. to noon (3 sessions)
Online via Zoom

Walking the Path of Perseverance: Writing No Matter What

The writing journey, exhilarating and wondrous as it is, can be punctuated with delays and disappointments. How do you keep writing through chaos or a stressful live event? If you are tired of not writing, and want to cultivate the “stick-to-it-ness” necessary for meeting your goals, this workshop is for you. Gleaning inspiration and guidance from writers like Annie Dillard and Julia Cameron, and mining the well of our own life experiences, this three-part workshop will help us identify the obstacles that keep us from writing, and provide tools to help us stay the course so we can keep writing, no matter what.

Class level:
This class is for serious writers who are ready to reclaim their commitment to writing.

Class outcomes:
By the end of this three-part workshop, students will be able to:

● Identify the specific obstacles to their writing.
● Use specific tools to channel chaos, stress, and hardship into actual writing.
● Create and implement a writing schedule that works well for their needs.
● Identify their unique inspiration and implement it for work progression.

Olufunke Grace Bankole

Olufunke Grace Bankole, a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellow, is a first-generation American of Nigerian parentage. After graduating from Harvard Law School, and completing a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship, she left law to write. Her works have appeared in ​Glimmer Train Stories, Michigan Quarterly Review, New Letters, ​and​ AGNI ​among others. She won the Glimmer Train Short-Story Award for New Writers, and the Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Scholarship in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She was also awarded a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, and a residency-fellowship from the Anderson Center. Olufunke is near completing a novel-in-stories depicting how secrets, lies, and prophecies upend the lives of a Nigerian mother and daughter.
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