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(Re)Building Confidence as a Writer

All Levels | Have you struggled to call yourself a writer? Have you gotten stuck, lost your mojo, faced profound change, or otherwise retreated from writing and now want to find your way back? It might surprise you to hear that things like public recognition, awards, and commercial success are like the empty carbs of an artist’s creative metabolism. What gives writers and other artists sustained, deep, authentic confidence is artmaking itself. This class is all about nourishing the creative soul and limbering up the writerly physique. We’ll take in heaps of inspiring wisdom about the creative process, and through plentiful exercises and lots of fresh starts in a supportive group, we’ll build up writerly confidence like the muscle it is.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Bonnie J. Rough

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2020

Start Date: 10/05/2020

End Date: 10/26/2020

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 1:10 pm – 3:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$216.00 Member Price:
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$240.00 General Price:

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Bonnie J. Rough

Bonnie J. Rough is an award-wining author, essayist, and journalist who loves the writing classroom, whether as student, mentor, or both at once. Her latest book is Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love, and Equality (Seal Press 2018). She has written recently for the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Cut, Washington Post, Slate, and many other outlets. Her previous two books, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA (winner of a Minnesota Book Award) and The Girls, Alone: Six Days in Estonia (named one of Amazon's Best Kindle Singles), are literary memoirs. Rough earned her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2005. She has taught in various writing programs including the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and as faculty for the Ashland University low-residency MFA program. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, with her creative work appearing in anthologies and publications including the Best American series, Modern Love, The Sun magazine, Brain, Child, the Seattle Review of Books, and dozens of other literary journals and magazines.

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