Writing in Place - Online Course with Nicole Haroutunian and Nicole Miller

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 06:00 PM until Monday, November 13, 2017 at 08:00 PM

Online course

Instructors: Nicole Haroutunian and Nicole Miller
Length: 5 sessions, $450

Mondays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Asynchronous Online Course


The places where we live or travel—cities, suburbs, rural backroads—shape our sense of self and how we move through the world. At the same time, each of us helps construct the space around us through our actions and our acts of attention. This course uses place as a prompt for new writing. Starting from your place on the map—wherever you are—we’ll explore strategies for generating creative work. We’ll also use the practice of writing as a strategy for engaging more deeply with place. Through self-directed excursions and guided writing exercises, students are invited to become astute observers of their environment and to discover the terrain with new eyes. Instructors will assign weekly writing or making prompts along with images or texts in multiple genres to demonstrate the possibilities and range for each prompt. Students will develop a habit of curiosity, a spirit of experimentation, and an engaged relationship to their place. We encourage work in any genre—fiction, nonfiction, poetry—or something else!

Created by editors of the digital journal Underwater New York, the course is guided by the editors’ commitment to connecting people with their environment. Through our digital journal and our programmatic events, we seek to foster community, collaboration, creativity, and diversity.

Nicole Haroutunian is the author of the short story collection Speed Dreaming (Little A, 2015) and co-literary editor of the anthology Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront (Damiani, 2016). Her fiction and nonfiction has been published in Joyland, Post Road, Tin House's Open Bar, the Literarian and elsewhere. She is coeditor of the digital arts journal Underwater New York and cofounder of the reading series Halfway There. She has taught at the Museum of Modern Art, the American Folk Art Museum, the Morgan Library and Museum, and Symphony Space, as well as many other literary and arts institutions. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. 

Nicole Miller is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor and teacher. She earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has received residencies from the Milton Center at Seattle Pacific University, the Wassaic Project and the Marble House Project. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Guernica, Fence, Image, The Atlas Review, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail and elsewhere. She serves as an editor for Underwater New York, a digital journal of writing, art, and music. 

Writing Institute Registration Process:

Step 1 - Registration Information: Complete this registration form in full.

Step 2 - Payment: Once you click submit on this form, a new page will appear in your browser with a payment link. Click on the payment link, complete the required information, and submit your payment. 

Payment is required for your registration to be confirmed. If we don’t receive your payment within 48 hours of submission of this form, your registration will automatically be cancelled. You will have to complete the form again if you wish to register for the class.

Step 3 - Confirmation: Once we receive your payment, your registration will be finalized and confirmed with an email. Please keep this email for your records.  Details about room assignment, parking, and any other information relevant to the course will be emailed to registered students the week before classes begin.

If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-395-2205 or email cce@sarahlawrence.edu.


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