Creative Writing: Finding Your Voice is designed to help you write clearly and strongly in your own unique voice, bringing your full self to your writing process every time you write. This course will guide you through the first and most essential part of finding your writing voice: how to bring your senses and sense memories to the forefront and channel them into your writing. No one has ever seen the world from your perspective before, in the order, time, and context you’ve experienced it. Your sense memories stimulate your readers’ imagination, forcing them to respond with their own sense memories, filling your words with their stuff.
The course will also challenge you to dive deeply into the way you see the world. When you look at a river, do you think of it as rushing to the sea to get home? Your ability to see what’s in front of you as though it were something else—that is, the ability to create metaphor—is uniquely yours. Aristotle calls it the "only truly creative human act."
The first four weeks of the course move through sense-bound writing from four different platforms, allowing you to dig deeply into different aspects of your senses. You’ll practice using different points of view and tense. From there, you’ll take progressive steps toward creating effective metaphor. You’ll also work on sentence structure and sentence types as an expressive tool.
Each day, you’ll be asked to write in response to prompts, and you’ll comment on the posts of other students in the class. For your weekly assignments, you’ll choose a favorite from your week’s writing and craft it into a longer piece for the instructor to assess. This process of combining sense-bound writing and metaphor will take you to the heart of your writer’s voice.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
make conscious and informed choices about point of view and tense
employ your senses effectively
create interesting and effective metaphor
make conscious and informed choices about sentence type and structure