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.

Fiction & Poetry

Narratives of “I”

Faculty: Gabriela Montelongo and Faculty TBD


“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.

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: Cindy Govender 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

2019-20 Program dates

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

Oct: 12, 19, 26

Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30

Dec. 7, 14

Jan. 18, 25

Feb. 1, 8, 15

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