Getting Started with Creative Writing

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Do you have a memoir, novel, or chapbook trapped inside of you? Set it free with this course about the basic elements of creative writing. Every week, participants will read creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, and apply their reading to exercises designed to generate pieces that effectively utilize character, setting, and plot. Participants will leave the workshop with a familiarity with multiple genres; initial drafts of fiction, poetry and/or nonfiction pieces; and a set of writing exercises they can use to maintain their creative momentum.

NO SET MEETING TIME: This workshop will take place over Moodle, which is an asynchronous forum based platform. The instructor will post a lesson and assignment every Monday, and participants have all week to log in and read the lessons/post assignments/comment on other classmates’ work.

About Mathangi Subramanian

Mathangi Subramanian, Ed.D., is an Indian American writer and educator. Her novel A People's History of Heaven was longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her middle grades book Dear Mrs. Naidu won the South Asia Book Award. Her personal essays and nonfiction have appeared in The Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, Zora Magazine, and Al Jazeera America, among others. She holds a doctorate in education from Columbia Teachers College and lives on the west coast with her husband and daughter.

Teaching Style: Over the past 16 years, Mathangi has taught students ranging from incarcerated youth in New York to English language learners in a Bangalore slum to pre-service teachers at an Ivy League University. Her teaching style combines high expectations with high support. Whatever your background, Mathangi believes you have a story to tell, and that her job is to help you tell it in the most authentic way possible.

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