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The Power of "I": Write your Life, Instantly Find your Voice, and Creatively Express your Mind

The Power of "I" is a writing course that will help students navigate their personal writing interests and build their voices in confidence and creativity.

The Power of "I": Write your Life, Instantly Find your Voice, and Creatively Express your Mind

The Power of "I" is a writing course that will help students navigate their personal writing interests and build their voices in confidence and creativity.
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Expressive nonfiction writing allows us to be open and honest about who we are and what we think. Section one establishes class goals/objectives and answers the question, what is expressive nonfiction writing and what makes it different from other types of writing?
Who are we in our writing and how can we navigate our own voice? Section two answers three questions revealing the importance of "I" and why we should place ourselves in our writing.
Where do we start? How do we begin to write? Section three helps us in the brainstorming/initial stages of the writing process. What do we even write about?
After we've decided what to write, what do we write on and do we want to share with others? Section four helps us narrow down our ideas and begin to jot those ideas down in different genres and forms. Do we want to create a blog or simply keep a journal? The key to creating a lasting writing habit is to know what we are writing and why we are writing it.
Time to write! Section five explains the course project and end thoughts of the impact expressive writing is to my story.
To help in the writing process, I've included some resources and examples of what expressive and creative writing can look like. Whether it's in the form of a poem, quote, or article, creative and expressive nonfiction writing reveals your voice and who you are.
This resource sheet lists possible websites with articles of examples of expressive and creative writing as well as quotes that I've created in my writing journey as another genre of expressive writing.
"I Set Free My Quarantined Sanity" is a spoken word piece I created my senior year of college after developing anxiety and experiencing panic attacks. The impact of expressive writing is immeasurable for me and as an example of another way you can express yourself through writing I included this piece in its vulnerability and directness.

Do you find yourself in any of these categories? 

  • You like to write.
  • You've tried to keep a journal.
  • Your diary is mainly empty pages.
  • You scribble out the word "I" and your pen seems to suddenly dry up, along with your imagination.
  • You are going through something important in your life and want to write about it.
  • You are struggling and want to find refuge in writing.

If so? 

This class will teach students how to use "I" as a motivator in utilizing their own experiences for creative and personal writing pieces. Not only is writing useful for expressing one's thoughts about people, places, concepts, and ideas, but it's also helpful in placing themselves with those people, places, concepts, and ideas. What do I think? How do I feel? Where do I fit in this space? This class will help students brainstorm ideas to reflect and see themselves in the world around them and their experiences. 

What will you learn in this course?

  • Students will learn how to utilize their voices to create creative pieces. They will be able to do so using their personal experiences, interests, hopes, perspectives, and ideas they are passionate about.
  • Students will brainstorm writing prompts, ideas, and interests to catalyst creative writing pieces
  • Students will learn how to utilize the writing resources around them, both on digital interfaces as well as physical writing materials, to influence their creative process and vulnerability.
  • Students will establish writing goals and list writing topics for a series of creative and expressive writing pieces.
  • Students will write a series creative piece in any genre/form they would like (quote, poem, article, list of thoughts, visual, note) that reflects personal experiences, interests, hopes, perspectives, and ideas they feel passionate about.

Writing can be reflective, transformative, and therapeutic if the right questions are asked, and ideas are thoroughly expressed!

Course Project

In this class project, students will navigate, explore, and write about any topic of their interest. The main focus of this project is to influence creativity and expression to complete a five day series of writing.

This class project consists of three parts:

  1. Making two writing goals based on two questions:
    1. What do I want to write about and why?
    2. Why is writing about this important to me?
  2. Making a list of potential writing points of experiences, ideas, situations, interests, viewpoints that you feel are important to who you are and choosing five of them.
  3. Writing a series of writing pieces in any genre/form, they would like (quote, poem, article, list of thoughts, visual (Instagram quote), note) within five days. Each day will be an expression based on the thoughts and reflections you have on that day.

Course Prezi Presentations:

Expressive nonfiction writing allows us to be open and honest about who we are and what we think. Section one establishes class goals/objectives and answers the question, what is expressive nonfiction writing and what makes it different from other types of writing?
Who are we in our writing and how can we navigate our own voice? Section two answers three questions revealing the importance of "I" and why we should place ourselves in our writing.
Where do we start? How do we begin to write? Section three helps us in the brainstorming/initial stages of the writing process. What do we even write about?
After we've decided what to write, what do we write on and do we want to share with others? Section four helps us narrow down our ideas and begin to jot those ideas down in different genres and forms. Do we want to create a blog or simply keep a journal? The key to creating a lasting writing habit is to know what we are writing and why we are writing it.
Time to write! Section five explains the course project and end thoughts of the impact expressive writing is to my story.
To help in the writing process, I've included some resources and examples of what expressive and creative writing can look like. Whether it's in the form of a poem, quote, or article, creative and expressive nonfiction writing reveals your voice and who you are.
This resource sheet lists possible websites with articles of examples of expressive and creative writing as well as quotes that I've created in my writing journey as another genre of expressive writing.
"I Set Free My Quarantined Sanity" is a spoken word piece I created my senior year of college after developing anxiety and experiencing panic attacks. The impact of expressive writing is immeasurable for me and as an example of another way you can express yourself through writing I included this piece in its vulnerability and directness.

About the instructors

Nina Rondon

Freelance Writer, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate and Founder of SparklyWarTanks.com
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Nina is a Syracuse University alum graduating with distinction in writing and rhetoric and honors in religion.  Utilizing writing as a healing tool, venturing the world of self-development and creativity, Nina is the founder and creator of  SparklyWarTanks.com. SparklyWarTanks is not only an online space where she can express herself through her writing, but also a space of freedom and vulnerability for her readers.  Nina writes poems, bulletins, notes, articles, and motivational quotes to influence change in self-love and self-awareness. Nina continues to build her brand and name creating avenues of creative expression for those who read and engage with her content.

Also a mental health advocate, Nina writes for several websites as a freelance writer, one being TheMighty.com where she is a Community Leader and Mental Health Events Host.  She's hosted open-mics, support groups and gathering centered on self-care, creativity, and mental health advocacy. Along with working with The Mighty, Nina volunteers with NAMI (The National Alliance On Mental Illness) where she tells her story battling anxiety and depression to high school and middle school students in the boroughs of New York City. 

Nina is certified in mental health awareness, mindfulness, and life coaching and hopes to give back to her community of Brooklyn, New York through her advocacy.

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