Growing As a Writer: Developing a Growth Mindset in Writing

Course Description

The course will run May 29- July 3, 2021.

In this class, you will learn how to apply a growth mindset to your writing process, explore best practices of writing process theory and practice, and take a nonfiction idea through the writing process, with individualized instructor feedback to guide you. Over the course of 6 weeks, you will examine your current writing process habits, reflect through journaling, and create an original piece of nonfiction of any genre (fiction may also be a consideration since the focus is on process) that is fit for submission, if you so choose. This course provides a heavy focus on meta-cognitive thinking about writing, and weekly sessions will spend at least some time exploring that thinking.

The goal of the course is to help writers feel more confident and comfortable in their skin as writers and come to understand the art of the process.


Live classes will take place once per week via Zoom at a time determined by the schedule of participants. The first class will begin the Week of May 29.

Homework that includes reflection, rhetorical research, and drafting will also be a part of the course. Individualized feedback will be provided by the instructor for Week 2 through Week 6 of the course. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Course Topics

Week 1: Your Writing Process
Week 2: Rhetorical Approaches to Nonfiction Writing
Week 3: The Art of Drafting
Week 4: Engaging in True Revision
Week 5: Editing and Rhetorical Grammar
Week 6: Reflections and Goals


Notebook for journal
Pen or pencil
Computer with basic audio and video, internet access (broadband

Course Fee



To register for this course, email the journal at to request an invoice, which can be paid via PayPal, Venmo, check, or money order. Be sure to include Growing As a Writer in your subject line.

About the Instructor

Crystal earned her PhD in Rhetoric from Texas Woman’s University and has been teaching writing at the college level for 24 years. She has earned several national awards for writing instruction and writing course design. For the last 10 years, she has worked extensively with advanced writers, coaching them during the dissertation process. She has published numerous reference books, textbooks, and articles and is the founder of Farmer-ish. She also works with her husband on a homestead in Maine, where she home schools her youngest child, raises chickens and ducks, processes food from a large organic garden, and speaks at educational events about chicken care.