a writing life

In April, I will be teaching two six-week classes on writing. One is focused on creative nonfiction (what is it, how to get inspired, what to write about) and the other is focused on creating a writing life. The latter is designed for people who have always wanted to write but aren't sure how to begin or those who used to write and want to bring it back into their lives. Creating a writing life is something anyone can do although it's amazingly difficult. We have to give ourselves permission to let something be just for the sake of itself. We have to allow ourselves the luxury of slowing down and doing something that may not have an ultimate purpose. I struggle with maintaining a writing life of my own, and so I'm immensely inspired by watching students embrace the struggle and challenge themselves. We can create a writing life if we choose.