A Writer's Paradise

Summer 2017 quarter (Full Session)

Taught by

creative writing, sustainability, public policy

Fiction! Essays! Non-fiction! Creative non-fiction! Academic writing! Journalism! Poetry! Dive into any of these genres in  Writer’s Paradise . This craft-intensive program offers weekly peer-critique groups, copious feedback from faculty, seminars on fiction and creative non-fiction, workshops to sharpen skills and generate ideas, and one-on-one and online critique. Deepen your engagement with your own writing, build critical reading skills, and refine your editorial eyes and ears. We’ll work with stories, essays, a novel, and poems that allow us to study writing strategies. Students will be introduced to close, critical reading practices, and, in short, learn to read like writers.

In addition to intensive writing and study of the craft, you’ll engage in writing-related activities that explore the creative process and the written word, including weekend day-only retreats to delve deep into your writing process in the peace and tranquility of Evergreen's Organic Farm. 

Writer’s Paradise is designed to help beginning and accomplished writers to develop skills that they can use artistically, academically, and professionally. Regular weeknight sessions will include lectures, workshops, seminar, and guided critique group opportunities. Classroom work emphasizes the critique process, fine tuning, generating work, close reading, and practices of literary study.

Some students will choose to engage in a series of local or regional hikes along with sensory exercises to expand the creative process. These techniques will enable you to engage in and maintain a creative space regardless of what your future holds.

Other students will develop varied writing-related group activities to fortify their writing experiences with support from the faculty.

*This program may help future Master in Teaching Students to fulfill the 12-credits in expository and other writing.  The program may also help current MIT students to meet English Language Arts endorsements. Please contact faculty, parkesn@evergreen.edu , to further discuss this, or see me at academic fair for summer.

Program Details

Fields of Study

literature writing

Preparatory For

Writing, Communications, Media and Social Media


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered

Evening and Weekend

Advertised Schedule


Mon/Wed 5-9:30pm and 10am-4pm 2 weekends (first session: July8/9 and July 22/23, second session: Aug 12/13, Aug 26/27). See the Schedule details description for more information.

Additional Schedule Details

This schedule is designed for students who can attend evenings and some weekends.  We will meet from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays; the 5 to 6 p.m. hour will be for on-site critique groups.  We will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on two weekends each session in "retreat style" without an overnight.  First session weekend dates are Sat. July 8 and Sun. July 9; Sat. July 22 and Sun. July 23.  Second session weekend dates will be Sat. Aug. 12 and Sun. Aug. 13; Sat. Aug. 26 and Sun. Aug. 27. 

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online