At middle age, we confront issues and concerns in our lives that seem to be missing from the current conversation: how to age gracefully, how to deal with divorce, death of loved ones, loss of relationships, our children’s struggles. We are often the only ones firmly stuck between still-needful children and ever-more-needful aging parents. We may be starting to experience our own signs of aging—illness, body changes, fear of opening up to someone new after leaving a long relationship.
Writing is a powerful and nurturing way to process the emotions and fears around these profound changes. This four-week course uses writing prompts, readings, and exercises to help women and men explore these various life changes in several forms, including essay, short story, memoir and poetry.
The goal: to deepen self-awareness as well as create commercially viable—and publishable—work.
Marcia’s Philosophy on Teaching
My goal as a teacher is to open up new vistas for writers, to broaden perspectives and help students see their work in ways that allow them to deepen their work and create something by which readers will not only be drawn but perhaps changed.
I believe in and have a deep commitment to equity and diversity in our society, and I believe the classroom should be a place of open discussion and a format for honest exchanges with respect and appreciation for each other. As a teacher, I encourage my students to think critically about themselves and their lives, as well as current events and social justice issues, and how we as writers can portray and put forth various points of view and encourage open and respectful dialogue.
Marcia Meier bio
Marcia Meier is an author, developmental book editor, writing coach, and publisher of Weeping Willow Books. Her latest book is Unmasked, Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty, co-edited with Kathleen A. Barry, Ph.D. Her other books include Ireland, Place Out of Time (Weeping Willow Books, 2017), Heart on a Fence, (Weeping Willow Books, 2016), Navigating the Rough Waters of Today’s Publishing World, Critical Advice for Writers from Industry Insiders (Quill Driver Books, 2010) and Santa Barbara, Paradise on the Pacific, (Longstreet Press, 1996). She recently completed a memoir, Return to Fourth Street, which is under submission.
My commitment in the classroom and in my life is to an unwavering respect for all people, from all walks of life and whose opinions range widely. My goal with my teaching is that it brings my students to the same commitment.