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Course Cost: $89.00

Dates: Tuesdays: 3/31-5/5 5:30-7:00 p.m.

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Required Text: There will be no required text for this course.*

Program Coordinator

Shane O'Mealey

Just Write!

Instructor: Shanley Wells-Rau


Spark your literary ambitions - whether you’re an established writer looking for a push or someone who wants to start writing. This course is designed to meet the specific writing goals of each student. You can follow along with weekly reading assignments and writing prompts while having the freedom to take artistic liberties to individualize the course. We will work as a group to inspire and challenge each other with the common drive to JUST WRITE.

Course Goals

  • To write original works of fiction, poetry, and/or nonfiction.
  • To read works in these genres and to learn the conventions of successful writing.
  • To become familiar with the workshop format, to offer productive criticism to classmates, and to discover the value of community in writing.
  • To better understand the notion of creative writing as “work” by employing editing and revision strategies.

Course Preview

Week 1:  PALATTE
  • Show don't tell: adding color to your writing.
Week 2:  PLACE
  • Location, location, location: grounding your work.
Week 3:  PEOPLE
  • Who shows up when you write?
  • It's not the same as voice.
  • Are your paragraphs and sentences fluent?
  • Sentimentality vs Emotion.
 *Each week students will reference specific sections from various writings, and handouts will be provided to students.
**The creative writing workshop is valuable not only for the writer receiving feedback but also for the those reviewing the work and providing feedback. Learning to review others’ writing is an important skill for writers. Since this is a non-credit class, workshops will not be required if a student is too shy or does not wish to share their work in this way.

About the Instructor

Shanley Wells-Rau worked in strategic and crisis communications for the petroleum industry for 20 years before starting graduate work in poetry at Oklahoma State University, where she served as an editorial assistant for Cimarron Review. She completed her MFA in 2018. Her poetry has been published in The Maine Review, Bluestem Magazine, and Poetry Quarterly, among others. She teaches English Comp part-time at OSU and lives on a hill outside Ponca City with her husband and a newly adopted dog-pound dog named Winny.