Writing and Resistance

Spring 2017 quarter

Taught by

  • UG

How do writers respond to political crises? How might we cross pollinate personal and political writing, and to what effect? And what roles do imagination and hope play in galvanizing social action? During this ten week writing workshop, students will read broadly, engage in self-directed research, and explore the permeable boundaries between journalism, activism, and creative writing.

Program readings span (and sometimes combine) fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and performance writing to examine past and present creative strategies for writing and resistance. We will consider the role of literature in a variety cultural contexts, from historical resistance to fascism in Europe to present-day writing about the U.S. criminal justice system. Throughout these investigations, we will track shifting frames of gender, class, and racialization, considering how the literature in question mediates difference and affinity, empathy and anger, individual experience and collective aims. Through critical and creative investigation of these texts, we will examine literature’s potential for bringing unimaginable processes to a human scale. 

In class, dynamic writing exercises will broaden our range of tactics for engaging the blank page and the political arena. We will occasionally incorporate simple movement practices to get into the writing zone. Our readings will include the following books, supplemented by short readings: The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh (97802263230390), Angels with Dirty Faces by Walidah Imarisha (9781849351744), and The Revisionist by Miranda Mellis (9780977072378). As a culminating project, students will undertake a creative research and writing project around an issue of their choosing. To build community and deepen our writing practices, the program will take a three-night writing retreat to Ft. Worden in Port Townsend. This program is a good option for students who have had some previous course experience with creative writing, creative non-fiction, or literary criticism.

Program Details

Fields of Study

cultural studies literature writing

Preparatory For

creative writing, literature, and cultural studies.

Websites

Quarters

Spring Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location

Olympia

Time Offered

Day

Advertised Schedule

First class meeting: Tuesday, April 4 at 10am (Com 323)

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

Fees

$285 for an overnight field trip and a reader from the Copy Center.

Revisions

DateRevision
2017-03-30Fee increased (from $265 to $285).
2017-02-27Fee added ($265).