Life Writes Beautiful Stories: Growing-up Experiences in Literature, Script Writing, and Performance

Fall
Fall 2016
Olympia
Olympia
Daytime
Day
Freshman-Senior
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 50
25% Reserved for Freshmen
16
Credits per quarter

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This program is about creative expressions of the universal experience of growing up. It’s about how authors, performers, and other artists, including you, represent the personal process of a life unfolding in time and place. This brings into play the conditions of memory, experience, community, and culture that shape the act of growing up. From a classical-mythological perspective, the story of Persephone represents individual transformations that take place in a life, while contemporary writers, such as David Sedaris, Lynda Barry, and Bill Bryson, make sense of the human experience in evocative, emotional, and humorous ways.

In this program, students will explore the dynamic unfolding of life by reading and writing stories, viewing films and observing how that medium portrays lives over time, and composing and acting out scripts crafted from students' own life stories. Growing up, as a universal experience, might be perceived as a pattern or a set of stages that elucidate the human experience. Movement workshops and theater performance workshops allow program participants to explore these patterns and stages.

This program is designed for students who are curious about the process of growing up and are eager to read, write, create, and perform in serious ways in order to act on that curiosity. Students in this program will work in groups and must collaborate, support, and encourage the bold act of inquiring about the personal experience of growing up. At the end of the quarter, a theatrical presentation of these stories will summarize the experience.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

theater and the performing arts, creative writing, multicultural literature, human development, social science, education, and psychology.

16

Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 
Online learning:
  • No Required Online Learning - No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional.
Fees:

$15 for theater tickets.

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Freshman-Senior
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 50
25% Reserved for Freshmen
Daytime

Scheduled for: Day

Advertised schedule:

First class meeting : Monday, September 26 at 10am (Com 332)

Located in: Olympia

DateRevision
2016-11-07Fall fee reduced (from $30).