OSHR 1381 - Igniting Your Words

  • 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.

We all have experiences and insights to capture in poetry and prose.

Kim Addonizio writes,"Art is energy, held in a form long enough to be experienced". How can we make our words so evocative that they enable us to say exactly what we mean (and maybe more) and engage readers? Can we do so by letting more of life’s surprising texture into the creative process that is our "continuing engagement with being alive?"

Each week, we will write during class and briefly consider effective pieces of writing. I will offer writing prompts you can use - but feel welcome to pursue any writing goal you may have in mind. Although the recommended book focuses on poetry, its ideas and discussions relate well to prose.

New writers are welcome!

Readings: Addonnizio, Kim, 2009. Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within. New York: WW Norton.
ISBN: 978-0-393-33416-6.

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