OSHR 1357 - Blowing the Heart Open: Writing Wide Words

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

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.

Irish poet Seamus Heaney’s evocative poem "Postscript" captures a moment of ocean, lake, swans ("earthed lightning"), wind, light"and "buffetings" that "catch the heart off guard and blow it open." What can Irish writers, from William Butler Yeats to John O’Donohue, teach us about how passionate, wholehearted words from our blown-open places deepen our writing and illuminate our lives? And these writers have kin, among them David Whyte ("The one line written inside you"), a friend of John O’Donohue’s.

Participants are encouraged to write poetry, creative nonfiction (including memoir), and fiction. Each week we’ll write during class and draw ideas from effective pieces of writing. Each week’s writing prompts will point to exploring 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.