2019-20 Classes Begin
Saturday, October 12!

2019-20 Course Descriptions

There are four courses offered this year in the EmersonWRITES program, with different genres and themes. In all of the courses, students will work on completing original creative work for publication in our literary journal, SPINE.

introduction to Creative Writing (Multi-Genre)

“I Contain Multitudes”

Faculty: Gabriela Montelongo and Rebecca Rubin

It’s your first day of class in a brand-new school, you don’t know anyone, and the teacher picks you to start the icebreaker game: how do you introduce yourself? Who am “I”? Translating yourself onto the page is a life-long endeavor for writers. This course will function as a multi-genre approach in helping you find your voice by looking at texts by authors such as Lex Williford, Margaret Patton Chapman, and Patricia Smith. Whether it be through poetry, flash-fiction, or creative non-fiction, our goal is to find your preferred mode of expression in an experimental workshop that combines genres to find where “I” exists.

I am large, I contain multitudes.
— Walt Whitman


“Perspectives of Influence“

Faculty: Jose Martinez Jr. and Nehal Mubarak

In this course, we will bring key marginalized writers to the forefront, examining the aspects of their literature that make their voices essential and emphasize their place in the literary world. The primary component of this course will consist of your created fiction pieces, which can be anything from short stories and flash pieces to novel chapters. We will workshop, revise and discuss your writing every week, with our aim being to uplift and encourage each other to produce stories that are both needed and sought after in today’s tumultuous climate. By looking at the works of both classic and contemporary writers of color such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Toni Morrison and Gabriel García Márquez, we will discuss what it means to write about identity, race, and culture. Over the course of four months, you will work on completing, revising and reflecting on a body of work of publishable quality.

This course is multilingual: students who would feel comfortable writing in Spanish or Arabic will find this an empowering environment in which to do so.

But who does not know of literature banned because it is interrogative; discredited because it is critical; erased because alternate? And how many are outraged by the thought of a self-ravaged tongue?
— Toni Morrison


ARTifacts: Unlocking Stories Around Us

Faculty: Megan Fitzgerald and Will Gibbons

When we look at the world around us, we see we’re surrounded by true stories—some more visible, some concealed in artifacts, like graffiti, lyrics, letters, family heirlooms, maps, recipes, etc. In this workshop, we will mine our lives, spaces and memories for stories yet to be told; we will discover our unique artifacts, and unlock the stories that lie within them. It might be your story or someone else’s. Using these prompts, we will write compelling non-fiction narratives in many forms, including poems.

Stories reveal themselves to us. The public narrative, the private narrative - they colonize us. They commission us. They insist on being told.
— Arundhati Roy


A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Faculty: Dana Guth and San Pham

A liminal space is the transition between what we were and what we will become. It is a time of transformation where we may not know what will come next. In this class, we will discuss poetry and short essays that deal with the state of being in limbo: where we come from, our current journey, and where we’re headed. Our readings will include selections by Audre Lorde, Jenny Xie, Chen Chen, Morgan Parker, Ada Limon, and more. We will also read and learn from each other’s work, and will work on revising poems for publication and portfolios.

The question then is how to get lost. Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery.
— Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Help! I don’t know which course to pick! If you’re new to EmersonWRITES, have a question about a course, or simply want more information, please email the Curriculum Director at: mary_kovaleski@emerson.edu.

2019-20 Program dates

Saturday Workshop Schedule:
Time: 11am-1pm (Free Lunch Program from 1pm-2pm)

Oct: 12, 19, 26

Nov. 2, 9, 16

Dec. 7, 14

Jan. 18, 25

Feb. 1, 8, 15

SUNDAY, Feb. 23, 4pm-6pm - 10th Annual EmersonWRITES Showcase and SPINE Anthology Launch