Instructor: Darcy Young
Online; February 21 – April 15, 2017
Tuition: Members ($160); Non-members ($185)
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Registration will close midnight, February 20. No refunds will be given.
Via both regular in-class writing exercises and reading discussions, this course offers a comprehensive overview on how to build and sustain a writing practice. The Elements of Creative Writing is designed to help novice writers appreciate how writing is both art and craft, and to give more experienced writers an opportunity to continue to hone and master essential skills. Participants will have ample opportunities to generate new writing and to participate in group critique. Please note: This course is a prerequisite for many of our other offerings.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Darcy Young: In first grade, my short (extremely short) story The Little Old Lady Who Learned to be Nice was deemed “excellent” by my elementary school principal. Aside from that high accolade, he kindly went on to invite me to read my story as a “guest author” to a roomful of kindergarteners. After that experience, I knew that the literary life was for me. I am a voracious reader of diverse genres and have always been a writer as well. My favored genres to write are poetry, memoir, fiction, and creative essay. I’ve spent the last nineteen-plus years teaching middle and high school English, coordinating and facilitating the Highland Park Literary Festival (9 years), leading book discussions, traveling to my favorite literary landmarks in my husband’s homeland of the United Kingdom, rescuing dogs, and buying books in every bookstore I’ve ever come across. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to teach Creative Writing to devoted writers of varied experience. My focus as an instructor is on freedom of expression, tapping into creativity, building community, exploring writing genres, embracing a writing process, and utilizing feedback to inform and improve. I am a supportive, dedicated teacher who is committed to helping writers progress and achieve their writing goals. I look forward to working with you.