OSHR 1368 - Prose & Poetry - Write Until the Shimmer

  • Noncredit
  • Loveland

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.

Writing well means exploring our stories until we reach what matters most to us. Whether we write poems, memoir essays, or fiction, we want our words to resonate.

"The shimmer" is the point at which your work comes alive with the deepest truths of your experience. In On My Desk, Brett Lott describes three objects he keeps there as reminders: " that time is fleeting, and that I am not here long, and that we are all made of dust, and so I’d better write well, and write what matters."

Each week, you’ll write during class and read effective pieces of writing. Writing prompts will be provided for you to use, but you are free to write what you have in mind. New writers are welcome!

Readings: Rilke, Rainer Maria, Letters to a Young Poet, translated by Stephen Mitchell. ISBN:
978-0679642329. Moore, Dinty w., Flash Nonfiction: Advice, Essential Exercises from Respected
Writers, Editors, and Teachers. IsBN 978-0-9846166-6-4.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.