Studies in Writing (Online)

English 4040/7040
Mindful Writing
Donna Strickland

As important as writing is to most of us who study English or any academic discipline, it is also often one of the hardest things we do. If you're like me, you may find that you procrastinate when given a writing assignment, and you may find it hard to complete longer writing projects (like research-based papers and essays, book-length projects, theses, and dissertations). This course is intended to address these difficulties by working with issues of motivation and control of writing. We'll work with “mindfulness” practices, including non-sectarian meditation and breathing awareness, in order to help facilitate greater focus. We will also practice yoga to help bring ease to the body before writing. All students will also need to be able to commit to writing for at least 15 minutes every day and reporting on their writing process. In short, this course is meant to address the whole process of writing rather than the final product.