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.
From Thornton Wilder’s Our Town to Richard Hugo’s "triggering towns" of the imagination to everywhere we have lived, those places live in us and can fuel our writing. When Emily Webb asks in Our Town, "Does anyone ever realize life while they live it" every, every minute?" her words point to the transience of life and our attendant need to tell the stories of our rooted and uprooted selves.
Participants are encouraged to write poetry, creative nonfiction (including memoir), and fiction. Each week we’ll write during the class session and draw ideas from the effective pieces of writing we’ll discuss. Each week’s writing prompts will point to exploring your experience in both prose and poetry. New writers are welcome.
Reading: Hugo, Richard, The Triggering Town, ISBN: 978-0-393-33872-0
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? (NYU Press Poetry Prize, 2000), Thresh & Hold (Gell Poetry Prize, 2009), It Had Rained (CW Books, 2013), and two chapbooks - This Is the Strange Part (Pudding House, 2002) and Maneuvers: Battle of the Little Bighorn Poems (Finishing Line, 2013). She is a writer, freelance editor, and teacher.