SPIRITUAL WRITING: FORMATION THROUGH WORDS

A SPIRITUAL FORMATION ONLINE ELECTIVE

 

DATES

Monday, Jan. 10-Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, asynchronous 

OVERVIEW

This class will ask what, if anything, can make nonfiction writing “spiritual.” You will read selections from essays and memoirs in the spiritual writing genre and try composing your own versions of this material. How can we write about something so personal and powerful and share it with an audience of differing beliefs or traditions? How do writers move beyond saccharine sentimentality to illuminate a truth? You will choose a spiritual question or subject to explore in depth by writing two optional 500-word pieces and one article/essay between 1,000 and 3,000 words. The course will provide tips and inspiration for getting started, gathering material, and revising your work for publication. Writers from all backgrounds and faiths are welcome.

INSTRUCTOR

Jonathan Callard is a writer, editor, and teacher. His work appears in Image, Prairie Schooner, Creative Nonfiction, PublicSource, Pittsburgh Magazine, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, and The Witness, among others. The winner of the 2020 Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Contest, he has earned fellowships from the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He teaches for the Creative Nonfiction Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh, where he received an MFA in writing, and also mentors writers individually. He has led writing workshops for Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Interfaith Youth Core and served as public relations specialist for the Graduate Theological Union. Learn more about Callard here.

REGISTRATION

  

The registration fee for this class is $195. Maximum number of students: 15. 

This class is full. If you would like to be on a wait-list, please email us. Thank you.

CEUs

1.2 CEUs; E-mail ConEd@pts.edu to request a certificate.

QUESTIONS

E-mail ConEd@pts.edu or call 412-924-1345.