Creative Writing

You'll come away from the class with a polished, dynamic piece of writing and an excitement about the whole process.
Jun 17 - Jun 21
Anna Fairs

About the program

This weeklong, virtual course does two things:

1) It creates the space and time to explore a topic, idea, theme, or subject of exploration, of your choice. This could be a work of art, an experience, a big question, or something else entirely. What matters is that this topic matters to you.

2) In writing about your topic through accumulative, scaffolded in-class writing sessions and workshops—as well as through outside individualized consultations with the instructor—you will learn how to interest a reader in your topic, and walk away with a set of transportable skills and strategies about how to make writing work for you.

Outline of Concepts

  • What is “good” writing? The stories we tell and how we tell them
  • What is a writers’ workshop and what is it not?
  • What are the elements of craft and style?
  • How do we revise our writing and embrace the process?

By thinking about writing as a form of experimentation—with its own hypotheses, processes, and communities—you will be able to explore your ideas, find your words, and as a result, your writing process. You’ll leave the class with a polished, dynamic piece of writing and an excitement about the whole process!

This course will meet each day from 10:00AM -12:00PM EST (Monday-Friday) and require an internet connection and access to Zoom. The instructor will have 1:1 sessions with each student to offer personal feedback.

Meet the Instructor

Get to know Instructor Leanne Tankel here.

Skills you will learn

  • Understand the writing process - and how to tailor it to your own writing
  • Learn about genres of creative nonfiction writing
  • Learn how to give and receive thoughtful feedback
  • Learn about audience and rhetorical intention
  • Set and achieve writing-specific goals

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of UVA Northern Virginia.