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College of the Desert will offer a once-weekly, evening creative writing class, open to beginning and advanced writers, as well as traditional and non-traditional students, on Tuesday evenings from 6:50-9:55 pm during the Fall, 2009 semester at the Palm Desert campus. The class will begin on Tuesday, Sept 1, 2009.
The class will be taught in a workshop format by Ruth Nolan, M.A., Associate Professor of English and advisor to the COD Solstice literary and visual arts magazine, viewable at www.solsticemagazine.org - and also the editor of a forthcoming anthology of California desert literature, No Place for a Puritan: the literature of California's deserts, due out this fall from Heyday Books.
The class, which is offered concurrently as Eng 5A-5B (beginning and advanced creative writing,) may be taken for credit (3 units) is open to the writing community at large. Current students, as well as people who have already finished college, are welcome to take the class. NOTE - PLEASE CONTACT INSTRUCTOR RUTH IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH ENROLLMENT IN THE COURSE STEMMING FROM COD ADMISSIONS/REGISTRATION; I'LL HELP FAST-TRACK YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS!
According to Nolan, who is also an active poet, author and founder/editor of the new, desert-based literary magazine, Phantom Seed, "This course is ideal for local writers in our community, regularly-enrolled students, and all others who would like to participate in a supportive writing workshop meeting just one night per week for a three-hour session."
Nolan emphasizes that all writers, beginning or advanced, are welcome to take the course, including those who are undergraduate students at COD or elsewhere; have already graduated from college, here or elsewhere; and those who wish to take only a creative writing class and aren't enrolled in a degree-seeking program or other courses at COD.
In this course, the techniques of developing writing skills in fiction, poetry, and drama/screenplay will be explored, and students will be encouraged to develop themes in their writing that resonate with the local desert environment and region.
For the third time since last summer, Nolan is teaching and popular creative writing workshop at the Riverside Library this summer, in conjunction with the newly-formed Inlandia Institute (sponsored by Heyday Books,) in which participants are generating regional writing; she plans to use similar strategies to help writers in the COD course use the rich fabric of the local area as a building block in their own writing.
Writing produced in this class will feed directly into the 2009-10 issue of Solstice, and there will also be a reading of students' works at a to-be-determined location in the community in December.
Students will also learn about local writers communities and events; publishing opportunities; and transfer opportunities for creative writers to the CSUSB and UCR-Palm Desert undergraduate and M.F.A. programs, which include four-year degree programs with a creative writing emphasis, and traditional and low-residency M.F.A. programs that are accessible to local residents.
For more information, and to register, contact the College of the Desert admissions office at (760) 356-8041 or http://www. collegeofthedesert. edu Ruth Nolan can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org