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Strings of beads in front of a window The Secret Lives of Things: Writing from Objects CEXTN02-202150 is a Course

The Secret Lives of Things: Writing from Objects CEXTN02-202150

Jun 17 - Jul 16, 2021

$195 Enroll

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Instructor Nora Boxer

Look around you: you are surrounded by things. Yet in one light, things do not exist. Everything around us is made from an interplay of forces, ideas, other things, personal or cultural memories, necessity, time. We will  play with these storied and poetic aspects of materiality, going deep into the secret lives of things, and letting them be our guides as we create new writing. Creative writers of all genres are welcome; this an interdisciplinary workshop and you’ll be able to tailor most exercises to the genre of your choice. Each meeting will consist of group oral storytelling shares, weekly creative writing exercise rooted in “Thing Theory”, in-class discussion of brief stories, poems, or essays which relate to our field of material study/creative practice and an opportunity to share and discuss your work. Each student will also have a one-on-one conference with the instructor during the 5-week term.

Workshops are taught online through Zoom and Canvas. Students will need a computer or smart phone with webcam and microphone, internet and web streaming capacity, and the Zoom application installed to their device. Please also come prepared with a notebook and writing instrument. 

Instructor Bio

Nora Boxer has taught a variety of creative writing classes at CCSF Extension since 2015. She loves working with adult writers and supporting a dedicated community of students both new and returning. A former long-term Bay Area resident, Nora is now a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches undergraduate classes.

Image credit: Nora Boxer