Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions per week, 2 hours per session

Course Goals

Explore and experience the process of creative writing as a spiritual practice leading to liberation and personal fulfillment. Examine the practical disciplines of successful storytelling and strategically integrate mind into manuscript.

Contribute new ideas to the classroom. Explore perspectives. Competently field questions. Reflect on what is learned and think of ways to make improvements.

Instructor Expectations

Learn and have fun! Respect varying points of view. Be present for class. Arrive prepared with finished work and all appropriate materials. Embrace academic integrity. Take responsibility for your own learning.


Reflections                                75%

Quizzes                                     15%

Attendance & Participation       10%

(Punctuality counts. Attendance is taken sharp at the start of class.)

(In-class contribution and interaction with other students and the instructor exhibited through asking questions, offering answers, sharing opinions and ideas are all ways of demonstrating participation.)

*Papers turned in late will receive one letter grade lower per day.

**Independent reading and reflective writing assignments are a vital component of the course and to be completed outside of class.

***Drinks are permitted in the classroom. Students are expected to pick up after themselves.

****Plagiarism, cell phone use, text messaging during class…hmmm.


Week                   Topics                                                                       Key Dates

1                    Course Introduction

                      Practical Steps on the Path of Transformational Writing: Purification

2                    Practical Steps, Part 2: Refinement

                      Practical Steps, Part 3: Surrender

3                    A Search for Wholeness

                      Writing Workshop                                   Reflection on Identity                

4                    Suffering and Its Connection to Failure in Writing: Ignorance

                      Suffering+Failure, Part 2: Egoism

5                    Suffering+Failure, Part 3: Attachment

                      Suffering+Failure, Part 4: Aversion

6                    Suffering+Failure, Part 5: Fear of Death

                      Writing Workshop                                   Reflection on Intent

7                    The Laws of Life Applied in Writing: Nonviolence

                      Laws of Life, Part 2: Truthfulness

8                    Laws of Life, Part 3: Integrity

                      Laws of Life, Part 4: Chastity

9                    Laws of Life, Part 5: Non-Attachment

                      Writing Workshop                                   Patanjali Reflection

10                  Midterm Consultations

                      Midterm Consultations

11                  Four Cornerstones: Passion, Purpose, Principles, Preparation

                      Means to Manifestation: Confidence, Clarity, Care, Contemplation

12                  The Importance of Discipline, Environment, and Appreciation

                      Writing Workshop                                   Eleven Reflection

13                  Content and Consciousness

                      There is a Muse

14                  The Intersection of Reading and Writing

                      Narration, Description, Dialog, and Characterization

15                  Fundamentals of the Craft

                      Meaningful Storytelling

16                  Building Your Writing Toolbox

                      Course Review                                       Reflection on Writing