Zen of Process
Intermediate Level // 5-Week Online Course
Zen of Process
June 29 - August 02
$260 if registered by 06/08/2020
$310 if registered after 06/08/2020
Instructor: Sarah Cannon
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” -- Steve Jobs
Storytelling is a basic human impulse. It sounds easy—and sometimes it is, once we tap into our deeper expressive power. The problem is not always finding the time to write, or even what to write, but how to make the connections with our material so that we can be true to our own unique perspectives.
In this class, you will learn how to recognize natural patterns and connections, and practice synthesizing them for top emotional impact. No matter the length of your project, this means asking questions about your narrator’s goals, your favored style, and yourself as a writer and human. You will have opportunities to experiment with making connections in your work without fear of consequences.
This isn’t about being the smartest or most intellectual writer, but it is about having the most heart and asking yourself the hardest questions. As you connect and synthesize your ideas, you’ll see how a strong voice and structure emerge in your work—elements that, ultimately, make readers want to turn pages.
Week 1: Smart with Heart
Week 2: Check Out This Pattern!
Week 3: Lies, Lies, Lies
Week 4: Hybrid, Lyrical, Fragments, Oh My!
Week 5: Syn·the·size
By 5pm EST on the Monday before classes begin (one week prior to start date):
Students may request a refund (less a $50 application fee) or request a transfer to another course in the same term (no fee).
By 5pm EST on the Friday at the end of the first week of classes:
Students may transfer their enrollment credit to a future course (less a $95 processing fee for 10-week courses or a $75 processing fee for 5-week courses). Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date.
Students may switch to another class in the same term (subject to availability) for a $25 fee.
No refunds or transfers will be offered after 5 pm on Friday of the first week of classes.
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* US residents will receive a complimentary 1-year subscription to Creative Nonfiction magazine (4 issues) with their online course registration (or a year extension to their existing subscription). Students outside the US can receive a free copy of the ebook Creating Nonfiction: Lessons from the Voice of the Genre, or can choose to receive a 4-issue print subscription to Creative Nonfiction for the cost of shipping fees. We regret that we are not able to offer complimentary digital subscriptions for international students at this time.
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