Splash Biography



NANCY XU, Yale English Major




Major: English

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi! My name is Nancy and I have loved writing for as long as I can remember. My life's goal is to help as many people discover how to convey and develop their own ideas through writing and literature, and I hope I can spread the joy of these fields to you as well!



Past Classes

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A4549: How to Write a Novel...By Starting with a Sentence in Splash Spring 2022 (Apr. 16, 2022)
We all know that there's a difference between "Alex said they loves me," "Alex *said*, 'I love you.'" and "Alex said, '...I love you?'" In the context of a larger piece, these single sentences can make the difference between a charming love scene, a heart-prickling mystery, or a devastating ending -- perhaps all in the same turbulent story. This class is about the story within sentences. You will re-discover the rules of wordage as tools for you, the storyteller. We will begin with the basic elements of storytelling -- plot, characters, setting, conflict -- and build inward. By the end of this class, you will come away with several paragraphs of beautifully written, story-rich prose, no matter where you are in your journey as a writer.


X4550: Mental Health Toolkit in Splash Spring 2022 (Apr. 16, 2022)
THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, NOR IS IT TAUGHT BY A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. I am a student who's had a lot of experience with my own and others' mental health management in the context of college. Self-care and mental health are critically important - we all know this. But the path to managing stress and mental illness is anything but intuitive. This class is made for anyone who wants a backup plan for how to handle stress and crisis if and when they arise. We will discuss practical solutions to situations such as: how to advocate for yourself when emotions hinder communication; physical exercises such as breathing patterns and TIPP to manage high-stress moments; and how to use academic and personal resources to look out for yourself and others as you progress through high school and college.


A4401: How to Write a Novel (By starting with a sentence) in Splash Spring 2021 (Apr. 24, 2021)
We all know that there's a difference between "Bill said he loves me," "Bill *said*, 'I love you.'" and "Bill said, '...I love you?'" In the context of a larger piece, these single sentences can make the difference between a charming love scene, a heart-prickling mystery, or a devastating ending -- perhaps all in the same turbulent story. This class is about the story within sentences. You will re-discover the rules of wordage as tools for you, the storyteller. We will begin with the basic elements of storytelling -- plot, characters, setting, conflict -- and build inward. By the end of this class, you will come away with several paragraphs of beautifully written, story-rich prose, no matter where you are in your journey as a writer.