This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
Poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s "Ninth Elegy" probes and illuminates our being here on earth, including why we write - we, in a fleeting world, "the most fleeting of all."
In this course, we’ll explore how to intensify our words to capture the essence of our subjects. Participants are encouraged to write poetry, creative non-fiction (including memoir), and fiction. Each week we’ll write during class and consider effective pieces of writing - including work by CSU writing faculty members. Each week’s writing prompts will help you explore your experience in both prose and poetry.
New writers are welcome!
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Veronica Patterson’s poetry collections include How to Make a Terrarium (Cleveland State University, 1987); Swan, What Shores? (NYC Press Poetry Prize, 2000); Thresh & Hold (Gell Petry Prize, 2009); & it had rained (CW Books, 2013); and two chapbooks. Her collection, Sudden White Fan, was published in spring 2018. She is a writer, freelance editor, and teacher.