Fall 2017: Challenge Yourself to Write: Developing Your Writing Practice


Fall 2017: Challenge Yourself to Write: Developing Your Writing Practice


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September 23–November 4, 2017 (7 sessions)
Saturday, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
Instructor: Shayla Lawson
For dedicated writers in all genres
Limited to 12 students
Read more about this class on our blog

In this class, we will learn, practice, and develop techniques for sustaining creative work over long periods—especially outside structures like class or writing groups. Each week, we will experiment
with different forms of writing practice. We will meet as a group to discuss 1) your writing goals, 2) how well they were met, 3) obstacles to success, 4) your writing goals for the following week and 5)
investigate texts and methods for sustaining your writing. With attention to your interests and triggers, you will build a framework for motivating yourself to write that is sustainable and flexible.

Shayla Lawson is the author of three poetry collections: A Speed Education in Human Being, PANTONE, and the forthcoming I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, The Journal, Indiana Review, and MiPOesias. She is the former Nonfiction Editor of Indiana Review.

Previous students say:
“I was strongly encouraged by her dedication. She inspired me to explore my writing more deeply.”
“Great discussions and instruction from Shayla, I would definitely take a class from here again.”

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships pay for the entire class tuition. All of our writing classes have at least one scholarship position available, made possible by a generous gift from Dennis Steinman. To apply, email Susan Moore, Director of Programs for Writers, at susan@literary-arts.org with your name, contact information, and list three classes in order of preference. Please note that preference is not guaranteed. All scholarships are subject to availability.

CLASS LIAISONS: All classes have one liaison position. Liaisons receive free tuition in exchange for light duties before and after each class meeting.