This course is designed to nurture writing growth. No matter what our previous relationship to writing is, or what the future holds, each of us will leave this class with new skills. Through our course readings, we will expand our craft knowledge of prose and poetry. We will gain first-hand experience in craft by writing our own short stories and poems. We will examine ourselves as writers. Through reflection writing and workshop with our peers, we will deepen our understanding of our writing process, our writing fascinations, and our writing goals. We will approach this course with the understanding that while the content of our writing may or may not be joyous, the process of writing can and should be joyful.