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Write Now

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September 7 - October 19, 2017
Thursdays  5:30 to 7:00pm
Stillwater Public Library

Instructor: Jessica Glover



Registration $89
Due by August 24, 2017, $109.00 Aug 25-Sept 6

Course Information

An interest in creative writing.

Course Overview
This course is designed around class discussions in order to meet the specific writing goals of each student. That means, students can follow along with weekly reading assignments and writing prompts while having the freedom to take artistic liberties so as to individualize the course. Whether one is beginning to put pen to paper for the first time or wants to polish a larger writing project, this is the time! We will work as a group to inspire and challenge each other with the common drive to WRITE NOW!

Learning Objectives
In this course students will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge about their personal writing process while learning the processes that are typically employed in the discipline of creative writing and the processes that are particularly effective for individual writers
  • Develop the skills to write and read clearly and concisely
  • Hear the thoughts and feelings of others, like them, who are participating in the writing course and see what sort of response a work creates in its readers
  • Strengthen editing skills
  • Learn to recognize that subject matter is all around us and that the time to write is NOW!

Exams and Assignments
This is a noncredit course, so no quizzes or tests will be administered. Grades will not be assigned.

About The Instructor

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Jessica Glover earned her PhD in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry. She teaches for the Gender and Women's Studies program at Oklahoma State University. Her latest work has appeared in Indiana Review, American Literary Review, Aesthetica, Magma Poetry, Reed Magazine, and MuseWrite's Shifts: An Anthology of Women's Growth Through Change. She was the recipient of the 2015 Writers at Work Fellowship, the 2013 Rash Award, and the 2013 Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry.

Recommended Textbook

All students will be required to purchase Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. ISBN: 978-1590307946 (approximately $10-15)


Weekly Schedule

This is a tentative schedule of topics that will be covered throughout the semester. With each topic several repertoire pieces will be assigned according to the learning pace of individual students and the whole group.

Week 1
Sept 7


Introduction and Course Overview, getting started exercises

Week 2
Sept 14


Inspiration. Students will need to bring a list of topics and/or one polished paragraph to start their writing. Class discussion on the necessity of having "an idea of what you want to say" (36).

Week 3
Sept 21


Discipline. Class discussion on how to train oneself to continuously practice writing by listening to the world and developing a personal writing schedule. Reading assignment pages 27 – 51

Week 4
Sept 28


Show Don't Tell. In-class writing exercises on imagery. Class discussion on how to include emotion in writing. Reading assignment pages 52 – 78

Week 5
Oct 5


Creativity. Class discussion on adding sensory details in order to make writing “come alive”. In-class writing activity focused on the five senses. Reading assignment pages 79 – 104

Week 6
Oct 12


Voice. In-class analysis of Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants.” Class discussion on narrative voice and character dialogue. Students will listen to a recorded conversation and recreate the scene. Reading assignment pages 105 – 139

Week 7
Oct  19


Class Reading. All students will bring in a short excerpt of personal writing to share by reading aloud to the class. Reading assignment pages 140 – 170

Drop or refund policy

In the event you cannot attend the course, a 100% refund is available through 8 a.m. on the Monday of the week prior to the class start date. A 50% refund is available through Friday at 5 p.m. No refund is available on the first day of classes. Email or call for more information on dropping and adding non-credit classes offered through OSU Arts & Sciences Outreach.

If you have disabilities and need accommodation, please contact Student Disability Services at 405.744.7116.

Program Coordinator

Christine Nichols


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