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Wandering the Archives, Part II: A Creative Writing Workshop  

Sarah Broderick (...After wandering comes reflecting, writing, and revising.) In this course, we will share and critique work-in-progress (a 10-20 page short story, creative nonfiction essay, or chapter from a novel; or several poems). Prior to class, students will have read selected student writing and prepared written feedback to be shared in a group setting feedback guidelines will be discussed on day one of the course). Each week, we will workshop three-four pieces with an emphasis on improving critical thinking skills in regard to written creative work as well as fulfilling one’s artistic intent. The instructor will provide readings related to our investigation at the opening and closing of class. Even though this is an extension of a previous process course, all are welcome who have a written work-in-progress that relies on research into the personal and/or historical archive. Students who were not enrolled in Part I are encouraged to contact the instructor with questions (via OLLI). Students will: - Adapt earlier material into a more ‘complete’ draft (short story, set of poems, chapter, or creative essay) concluding the course with a revised piece of writing. - Gain insight into their creative process. - Share their creative work and provide concrete, specific feedback to others. - Discuss, question, and investigate concepts with their peers. receive feedback from the instructor. And learn to: - Trust in their natural abilities as writers and artists. - Revise and edit material. - Think creatively as well as critically about written creative work. Sarah Broderick grew up in the Ohio River Valley of Northern Appalachia and now resides in Northern California. Winner of the Wilner Award for Short Fiction as well as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate fellowship for her writing, she holds an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Having served as associate editor on a Voice of Witness oral history project focused on life in Port-au-Prince, Sarah is currently completing her first novel while working as a rotating editor at The Forge Literary Magazine, adjunct instructor, and reference librarian assistant. Her recent work is forthcoming in Moon City Review, Blue Lyra Review, Atticus Review, and Quaint Magazine. This fall, she will be an artist resident at Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) in Knoxville, TN.


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