Pennwriters Online Class:
January 7-31, 2019
Class Title: My Journal Is Smarter than Your Smartphone
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Instructor: Laura English
Get in the habit of daily writing by writing brief journal entries that are inspired by phone apps. For example, “Photo”: create a vivid scene using words. Unlike when you use a photo app, you’ll be able to appeal to as many of the senses as you wish. And how about “Text”? This is the ultimate texting because you can message people who are no longer in your life, those who have moved away or passed on. Or you can message a problem you’re having– you can talk to your anxiety! Your imagination is the limit!
Students will receive individualized feedback from the instructor, give and receive feedback from other students, and be given suggestions for developing their assignments into longer works.
Laura English studied nonfiction and poetry at Penn State University and University of Pittsburgh respectively. Her work has appeared in dozens of journals and magazines including Sow’s Ear, Cider Press Review, Straylight, and the Minnesota review. Graves Too Small to Be Red, a collection of poetry honoring the deaths of children in the media, was published this year by Finishing Line Press.
Five days a week she posts to Eat More Life, a blog focused on healing from anorexia. Her favorite form of activism is to fill this world with poems and stories. To that end, she teaches Memoirs Writing, and works one on one with people who want to put their experiences into words. She lives in Elizabethtown, PA, with her husband and four sons.