Spring 2020 - Writing Your Story: Creative Writing

Course Category: Communication | Level 1 Course

Click here to view a short segment of this course: Writing Your Story: Creative Writing with Anse Najiyah Maxfield

Course Code: COM 101

InstructorAnse Najiyah Maxfield

Length: 1 term (14 weeks)

Course Dates: January 20 - April 27, 2020
Timings: Mondays, 11:00 am CST/5:00 pm UK Click here to convert to your own time zone.

Classes last approximately 1 hour each. Live attendance is not required but recommended whenever possible. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.

Daylight savings time will end in the United States on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour earlier starting March 8.

Offered: This course is offered in the Spring term of each year.

Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.

Summary: From orientalist exoticism to hijab-bashing tales of "liberation" to terrorist thrillers, the literary landscape is littered with other people's attempts to tell our stories (or to tell their own stories using Muslims as counterpoints). Often these charlatans down out our own attempts at representation. But in these tumultuous times, we can't afford to whisper any longer. It's time for us to raise our voices with stories that are authentic and entertaining, marketing that is clever and effective, and outreach that is sincere and productive insha'Allah. This course features weekly readings and writing exercises that each focus on an individual aspect of writing, along with semester-long work on a creative project. Lessons on submitting your work, choosing a publication route and effective marketing ideas round out the syllabus. By the end of this course, students will have sharper writing skills and a firmer idea of what to do after the writing is done.

Course Requirements: Students are expected to attend the weekly online lectures, complete one or more weekly assignments, read the assigned material, and complete a term project.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable

Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until the first day of the next term.

$100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)

$20.00 late registration fee after January 18th (if seats are available)

Additional $5.00 auditing fee.


  1. Required: A Relative Stranger  by Charles Baxter
  2. Recommended: Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French

Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available to enrolled students at a discounted rate through Daybreak Press Global Bookshop. Once enrolled, students will have access to the discount code through the course forum.


For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org