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Influence as Inspiration

All Levels | Nothing breeds writing anxiety like comparing ourselves to others, especially to writers we admire. But what if we look at our influences not as impossible standards but as wellsprings of inspiration? This course will combine close readings focused on craft decisions with assignments encouraging you to allow another writer’s style, form, or ethos to influence your work. You’ll generate new material, try your hand at “revision under the influence,” and receive extensive feedback on at least one piece.

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Term: Summer 2019

Start Date: 07/09/2019

End Date: 08/13/2019

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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