Who takes creative writing classes through Lifelong Learning at the University of Utah? People from varied backgrounds and generations with a wide a range of interests and reasons for writing. It makes for a diverse, engaging community of writers in every class I’ve had the pleasure to teach.
May I introduce just a few of my former students?
Here’s the retired gentleman who wanted to capture the hilarious memories of his childhood in a family of immigrant miners. (His rowdy version of Ogden will forever live in my memory.)
Here’s an engineer and an office manager looking to explore their worlds from a different angle. And the veteran who took us all to the desert in in his funny, poignant stories.
The college grad wanting to build her portfolio before applying to an M.F.A. program. And the poet who needed a break from her usual form.
Here’s the guy who just wanted to try something new and liked how the class fit his schedule. And the woman opening a new page in her life who wanted to reflect on where she’s been and where she wants to go.
What I’ve loved about teaching these classes is that no matter how diverse the group, everyone brings something to the experience. Through the workshop process, cross-pollination happens. And writing blooms.
Creative Nonfiction is a great form for anyone interested in using writing as a means of paying attention to their inner life or engaging with the outer world. This dynamic literary form includes personal essays, memoir, lyric explorations, documentary writing, blogging and more. And whether you’re brand new to this kind of writing or already have thousands of pages under your belt, I can help you figure out how to take your next step. Because as a Lifelong Learning instructor, that’s what I do. Help people open the door to their ideas and let them out onto the page.
Creative Nonfiction I is a six-week course that starts May 19. I hope you’ll consider signing up. I also whole-heartedly recommend any of the other courses in the Lifelong Learning Get Serious writing series. The instructors are all, like me, dedicated writers who are passionate about sharing the benefits of our discipline with people exactly like you.
Whoever you may be.