WRITING IN PLACE: Online Course Taught by UNY Editors Nicole Haroutunian and Nicole Miller  

Monday, March 5, 2018 until Monday, April 2, 2018

Online course

Instructors: Nicole Haroutunian and Nicole Miller
Length: 5 sessions, $450
Asynchronous Online Course


The places where we live or travel—cities, suburbs, rural backroads—shape our sense of self and how we move through the world. At the same time, each of us helps construct the space around us through our actions and our acts of attention. This course uses place as a prompt for new writing. Starting from your place on the map—wherever you are—we’ll explore strategies for generating creative work. We’ll also use the practice of writing as a strategy for engaging more deeply with place. Through self-directed excursions and guided writing exercises, students are invited to become astute observers of their environment and to discover the terrain with new eyes. Instructors will assign weekly writing or making prompts along with images or texts in multiple genres to demonstrate the possibilities and range for each prompt. Students will develop a habit of curiosity, a spirit of experimentation, and an engaged relationship to their place. We encourage work in any genre—fiction, nonfiction, poetry—or something else!

Created by editors of the digital journal Underwater New York, the course is guided by the editors’ commitment to connecting people with their environment. Through our digital journal and our programmatic events, we seek to foster community, collaboration, creativity, and diversity.

Nicole Haroutunian is the author of the short story collection Speed Dreaming (Little A, 2015) and co-literary editor of the anthology Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront (Damiani, 2016). Her fiction and nonfiction has been published in Joyland, Post Road, Tin House's Open Bar, the Literarian and elsewhere. She is coeditor of the digital arts journal Underwater New York and cofounder of the reading series Halfway There. She has taught at the Museum of Modern Art, the American Folk Art Museum, the Morgan Library and Museum, and Symphony Space, as well as many other literary and arts institutions. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. 

Nicole Miller is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor and teacher. She earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has received residencies from the Milton Center at Seattle Pacific University, the Wassaic Project and the Marble House Project. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Guernica, Fence, Image, The Atlas Review, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail and elsewhere. She serves as an editor for Underwater New York, a digital journal of writing, art, and music. 

Please visit the Sarah Lawrence website to register!