Would you like to begin the New Year with a journey of writing, art, and ideas? After the whirl of the holidays, would you like to sink deeply into the land, writing, and community? In the first of our threaded beads, I wanted to share this upcoming class that I’m going to teach through Story Circle Network in January.
The class is designed for writers, artists, and people who may have no formal experience in either, who want to explore these ideas of “writing the land” and expanding their own work, ideas, and understandings. We’ll create a supportive online community sinking deeply into writings of the land.
Class Title: Writing the Land
Instructor: Dawn Wink
Class Term: January 13-February 10, 2014
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Bring your writing to life through the elemental—the land. Landscape holds the potential to convey emotion, character, and plot in ways that resonate on a deep human level. In this class, we explore a spectrum of fiction and nonfiction writings (Susan Tweit, Page Lambert, Terry Tempest Williams, Rick Bass, Lesley Poling-Kempes, Joe Wilkins, Julian Hoffman, and more) that highlight how the land can create connection and story in our writing.
This course explores fiction and nonfiction writings of the land and the craft of writing in an interactive, engaged, and critically-reflective perspective. Student participation is essential for all participants to learn not only from the instructor, but also from each other. Student writing includes weekly writing prompts focusing on the specifics of that week, and a final written portfolio, based on the specific writing goals of the student.
At the end of this class, students will be able to: convey story, character, emotion, and plot in fiction and/or nonfiction through writing the land into their work.
Instruction/communication will take place through a course shell within the free educational format of Edmodo. Edmodo is a collaborative and easy-to-negotiate structure for interactive classes. All additional readings for the class will be provided by the instructor. In addition to instructional materials provided by the instructor, we will be reading the novel Meadowlark by Dawn Wink.
- Unit 1: Land as Story. The land holds the potential to convey story to connect with readers on a deep human level. This week, we explore multiple writings that lift and highlight story through descriptions of the land. Pieces read include specifics about the art and craft of writing.
- Unit 2: Land as Emotion. How do writers convey emotion through the land? This week we look at a variety of writers who do this brilliantly and discuss the specifics within the writing and ways writers can do this effectively.
- Unit 3: Land as Character. Wild, lush, dry, raw, evocative, harsh: The land takes many forms and each holds the potential to convey character in story. This week we pieces that highlight land as character and students strengthen land as character in their own writing.
- Unit 4: Land as Connection. The reason we write: connection with others, connection with ideas, connection with story. This week focuses on how to strengthen that connection both with readers of our work and within ourselves as writers.
Student Skills, Equipment, and Time Required: Access to Internet, Knowledge of Word
Time Commitment: Approximately 3 hours/week.
Tuition/Fees for this course
SCN members: $128. Non-SCN members: $160.
Dawn Wink‘s work explores the tensions and beauty of language, culture, and place. Author of Meadowlark and Teaching Passionately: What’s Love Got To Do With It?, co-written with Joan Wink, Wink is an Associate Professor at Santa Fe Community College. She lives with her family in Santa Fe, NM
Praise for Dawn’s Classes
- This marvelous course went beyond all expectations. Dawn Wink is a Super-Instructor/Facilitator. I will take any and all courses she offers in the future. Her building of the “Unit” as a whole and the weekly “Lesson Plans” were concise, thorough and very well planned. I especially appreciated her use of video to “talk” to us in person. My local bookstore and Amazon are very pleased because I have added every book on Dawn’s reading list to my own library. —Lindy B., Lake Ann MI
- Dawn Wink is an extraordinary instructor and is clearly in her element when it comes to teaching writing. She has a gentle, but direct, manner in the ways she interacts with students. I am encouraged to continue to learn this difficult and rewarding means of communicating to external audiences. —RH, Albuquerque NM
- Dawn Wink is a fabulous instructor! Her years of experience as an educator and as a writer combine to make this course a fabulous experience for students of all levels. —Jackee W., Corrales NM