Hosanna Patience teaches this class. Hosanna Patience is a writer, teacher, and editor. She is a graduate of The New School’s MFA program. She was a recipient of the AWP Writers’ Conferences & Centers scholarship for an emerging fiction writer, the Pearl Sperling Evans Prize for most promise in fiction, and she was a nominee for the anthology, Best New American Voices. She was the recipient of the award for most outstanding work in the Department of English.
Where does inspiration come from in writing? What is memoir and how can students tell stories from their lives in an interesting way? When does poetry transcend rhyme? In these writing labs students will explore the techniques used in writing short stories, poetry, and memoir.
This class is recommended for learners aged 13-18. We will meet eight times over two weeks. Students will create and refine works of literature, with the potential for their works to be published in the first edition of the online GHF Teen Literary Journal, which will be designed by students in the GHF Teen Literary Journal class.
Sample Course Outline
This class has 8 meetings and meets on an intensive basis.
- DAY 1: Short Story Lab: Setting, POV, perspective, character development, and plotting.
- DAY 2: Short Story Lab: Inspiration, overcoming writer’s block, and refining your work.
- DAY 3: Short Story Lab: Editing your stories.
- DAY 4: Poetry Lab: Alliteration, personification, meter, rhyme, and more.
- DAY 5: Poetry Lab: Editing your poems.
- DAY 6: Memoir Lab: Using autobiographical detail with story-writing techniques.
- DAY 7: Memoir Lab: Editing your autobiographical works.
- DAY 8: How to submit and publish.
Creative Writing Labs is offered Summer 2019 and Fall 2019.