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This course helps students translate their passion for literature into professional practice. Students will learn about the array of careers open to writers with a focus on teaching at all levels. How is a productive writing course designed? How does a professor of writing tailor her classes to meet the needs of a particular community of learners? How to prepare for (and excel in) graduate school will also be extensively discussed, and the relevance of writing skills to non-literary professions (journalism, art therapy, marketing, etc.) will be explored. Students will undertake a project in the Bay Area - e.g. teaching in a community arts program, working at a small press - that will provide them with firsthand experience of the practical dimensions of the writing life. Accomplished guest speakers from a variety of occupations will visit the class to share insight and resources.