The Practice of Writing

The first course in The Writer’s Studio challenges you to think deeply about your writing practice. How will you cultivate a creative process that allows you to meet your writing goals? What practical and intuitive considerations are involved? What role will community play? As you work through these questions, you’ll learn techniques to overcome blocks, work with ideas, and bring your writing closer to its point of intention. By the course’s end, you’ll have developed and articulated an individualized writing practice to support and sustain you as you write your manuscript.


Location: Online or Vancouver
Available only to students enrolled in:
The Writer's Studio

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Identify sources of writerly anxiety, and employ strategies to overcome them
  • Give and receive constructive feedback
  • Reflect on your ethical responsibilities when writing about yourself and others
  • Maintain a reliable writing practice that helps you meet your writing goals
  • Use freewriting and heuristics as tools to uncover new ideas and probe old ideas more deeply
  • Work consciously with a writer’s everyday working materials (i.e., the collaborative and generative nature of the page, the body)

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Reading modules
  • Participating in discussions
  • Completing assignments
  • Attending lectures
  • Participating in the production of an annual anthology

You will be evaluated using a Pass/Fail grading scale.

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.