Free creative writing class offers outlet for community writers

Release Date: September 11, 2009

PLAINVIEW – For those with aims at writing that classic novel, Dr. Ashley Faulkner has an outlet for you.

A new creative writing class hosted by Wayland Baptist University offers those of all ages and backgrounds a chance to hone their craft with peer input and feedback from experts in creative writing at no charge.

The class will be held on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m., beginning on Sept. 23, and repeating at least every two weeks thereafter. Faulkner, who serves as assistant professor of English at Wayland, will host the class and provide advice from his experience in writing.

“It always helps me to write with other writers who can spark your creativity and help you formulate your ideas,” he said. “It is important to share your ideas and your work and get feedback from people. Often people miss things when they write alone all the time.”

Faulkner said the group is open to those who write fiction, poetry or even non-fiction, just “any kind of imaginative work.” The format will be casual, with no lectures or homework. He said he hopes the participants can work up to a presentation night where everyone can share their work and get even more feedback. He also would love to see a class anthology compiled of the work that comes out of the class.

As a longtime creative writer who focused his master’ degree work on the field, Faulkner said he hopes to be able to provide guidance for aspiring writers or those who have ideas but have never begun the writing process. He has written much poetry and two novels, one of which he is consulting with an agent to get published, so Faulkner believes he may be able to shed some light on the publication process as well.

The class is free for participants and will be held at Wayland’s Gates Hall, room 205. For more information, contact Faulkner at 291-1110.