Sometimes the world happens so strongly that it knocks the words out of our mouths, How do we start new projects or continue older projects, when nothing is the same? We are going to write and share a lot in class, this semester. We will take inspiration from writers from around the world who have found hope and purpose in a turbulent world, and who learned to unbind the stories within themselves. We will read and discuss fiction, essays, and memoir pieces that make sense in terms of the work you are writing; that will help you push boundaries, and discover muscles you might not even realize you posses.
As always, this energetic, engaging prose writing class will also name and examine the unique strengths of fictional or fact-based prose. It will offer guidance to further texturize your work into full, developed stories by exploring the murky and extensive waters of prose – of fiction and non-fiction, and all the places in-between. Fiction, essay, and memoir writers will come together to share projects and perspectives with each other. We will read broadly and diversely. This class boasts a small core of talented regulars. Thus, you receive not only expert instruction from the instructor, but from exceedingly engaged and thoughtful fellow writers. It’s a wonderful class for people looking to create a strong writing community.
Miah Arnold, PhD, is the director of Grackle and Grackle. She has taught creative writing for the past twenty years through Houston non-profits including Inprint, Writers in the Schools, and Aurora Picture Show as well as University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston Community College, and Georgia College. Her essay “You Owe Me” about working for M.D. Anderson via Writers in the Schools was selected by Best American Essays in 2012. Her first novel, Sweet Land of Bigamy, was published in 2012.