Creative Writing, Alternative Education & the Field Experience
Wednesday, June 23 - Friday, June 25
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day
A graduate level, accredited course designed for secondary educators seeking their continuing education credits. 3 credits available. ENG 510
Get creative out in nature in this stimulating and active field-based writing course! Experiment with creative writing and the field experience as inspiring tools for gathering information, processing emotions, and finding a constructive, energizing and motivating outlet for interacting with the complex environmental and social issues of our time. Connect to the natural world through the combined use of a Creative Writing Portfolio and field experiences. Incorporate experiential education, student-centered learning and interdisciplinary studies into a traditional classroom. Explore the effective writing techniques of creative non-fiction focused on nature and the environment. Each day sends students out into nature to complete inspiring guided freewriting prompts and conduct independent research; then return in the afternoon for synchronous Zoom classroom time for sharing the writing experience, and thought-provoking author and teaching strategy discussions.
This is a fun, yet intensive, three-day course and it is not advisable to take other courses in the June 23 – 25 window. Students should block out Wednesday, June 23, Thursday, June 24 and Friday, June 25 for planned course activities from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day, and an expectation of completing readings in the evenings. Synchronous Zoom class time meetings will specifically take place from 2 – 6 p.m. each of these three days. Participants will participate in pre and post course work (predominately reading) approximately a week before and a week after the course with all assignments completed by July 3. While perfect for English, composition and the natural sciences, techniques can be applied to most any subject.
Offered through Western Colorado University's Teacher Institute.