Explore a wide range of genres from fiction, poetry, and screenwriting to creative nonfiction and science. Cultivate your ability to tell compelling stories. Translate human experience into artful literary work.
At Evergreen, you'll work in small intensive groups with peers and faculty to refine your writing skills.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of our curriculum, you’ll have many opportunities to hone your craft, regardless of the genre in which you specialize.
Evergreen faculty members have collaborated with students to produce written projects in numerous disciplines, including the book, Defending Wild Washington: A Citizen’s Action Guide, a collection of writing and art titled Silk Roads Anthology: Identity and Travel, and the bilingual anthology, En Sus Propias Palabras/In Their Own Words, which was distributed to libraries, schools, and community organizations serving Latino populations in Western Washington.
Whether you want to become a novelist, a poet, a journalist, a copywriter, or any other type of writer, Evergreen will help you develop the techniques to become an effective communicator and artist of the written word.
Join us in an education that doesn’t just change your life; it gives you the tools to change the world.
Dangerous Reading: Readings in the History of Ideas
Quality writing skills are a key asset to careers in any field, where the ability to clearly and creatively express ideas and values is in high demand.
Offered Fall 2015 and Winter 2016
In the past, reading was deadly serious business. This program explores the relationship between illuminated manuscripts, medieval devotion, and power; how the advent of print rocked Europe and sparked 100 years of war in the 16th century; links between political cartoons, scandalous pamphlets, and the French Revolution; the ways in which Romantic Age readers fashioned notions of themselves and visions of a good life; and how 20th-century post-structuralism exploded the way we think of reading today.
From Homer and Thucydides forward, there has been competition between poetry and history over the right way to read and remember. Our readings include Homer's Iliad, Thucydides' Peloponnesian Wars, Sappho's Poems, Plato's Republic, and St. Augustine's Confessions. We also consider sections of Dante's Divine Comedy, Montaigne's Essays, Rousseau's Reveries of a Solitary Walker, and Proust's Swann's Way. We delve into the cultural history of reading through texts such as Darnton's Great Cat Massacre and Goodman's Marie Antoinette: Writings on the Body of A Queen. Contemporary texts to be considered in light of the double imperatives of history and poetry include Duras' War, Notley's Descent of Alette, and Calasso's Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony.
Students in this program focus on reading, writing, and seminar participation.
Offerings Proposed For 2015-16
As a student at Evergreen, you'll select from programs like the ones listed here to build your own education. While there are no specific course requirements, you can choose to develop an Area of Emphasis with help from advisors and faculty.
Programs for Freshmen and Sophomores
- Dangerous Reading: Readings in the History of Ideas (Freshman-Only Program)
- Caliban and the Witch
- Selves and Others: Representation and Performance
Programs for Juniors and Seniors
- Art and Archive
- "As Real as Rain": The Blues and American Culture
- Community Connections - What Makes Communities Work
- Field Ecology
- Literary Arts Toolkit: Writing and Reading Contemporary Prose
- The Postcolonial Novel
Both upper and lower division students may take these programs
- Academic Writing at Evergreen (Freshmen - Senior)
- Autobiography (Sophomore - Senior)
- Beethoven, Blake, and the Sounds of Revolution (Sophomore - Senior)
- Botany: Plants and People (Freshmen - Senior)
- Branching Out: An Ethnobotanical Garden in Community (Freshmen - Senior)
- Contemporary Native American Art in Cultural and Historical Contexts (Sophomore - Senior)
- Cornerstone: Foundations for Success (Freshmen - Junior)
- Creative Writing Workshop (Sophomore - Senior)
- Engaging with the Endangered Northwest (Freshmen - Senior)
- Evolution and Ecology Across Latitudes (Sophomore - Senior)
- Eye of the Story (Sophomore - Senior)
- Grant Writing and Fundraising: Ideas to Realities (Freshmen - Senior)
- Mediaworks: Signifying Power and Difference on Screen(s) (Sophomore - Senior)
- The New Puritans: Studies of Anglo-American Social Conscience (Sophomore - Senior)
- On Reading Well (Freshmen - Senior)
- Plant Ecology and Physiology (Sophomore - Senior)
- PLE Document Writing (Freshmen - Senior)
- The Practice of Writing (Freshmen - Senior)
- The Social Psychology of the Prison-Industrial Complex (Freshmen - Senior)
- Undergraduate Projects in Critical and Creative Practices (Sophomore - Senior)
- Undergraduate Projects in Critical and Creative Practices with J. Sandoz (Sophomore - Senior)
- Writing as Thinking: The Power of Reflection (Freshmen - Senior)
- Writing from Life (Freshmen - Senior)
Pat Thomas ’12 published his first book while still a student.
Quality writing skills are a key asset to careers in any field requiring the ability to clearly convey information, ideas, and values. Studying writing at Evergreen prepares you for graduate studies and careers in media, publishing, business, nonprofit work, and academia. Many fields in creative writing require a college degree, including at least a bachelor’s and often an MFA in creative writing or an MA in literature, journalism, or a related field. Our alumni have an excellent record of success in graduate school. They also include numerous published authors, as well as professionals in law, education, publishing, marketing, and journalism.
Facilities and Resources
Vanishing Point is an online and print publication featuring art and writing of students and faculty.
The Writing Center
As a writer, you may be able to work in our Writing Center to improve your own skills and share your knowledge and passion with others.
The Evergreen State College Press
Evergreen's newest media outlet annually publishes a small number of books showcasing exceptional student writing of high scholarly merit. Selections reflect the college’s intellectual and creative vitality and its innovative academic work. The press’s first release, Writing American Cultures: Studies of Identity, Community, and Place, which was published in 2013, features narrative nonfiction essays based on the ethnographic research of eight student authors.
Cooper Point Journal
Evergreen's student newspaper is produced by students interested in journalism, political commentary, and artistic critique.
Cross Cultural Poetics
Inkwell: The Student Guide to Writing at Evergreen
Produced by Writing Center tutors, Inkwell is used as a teaching tool. Its goal is to empower and inspire a wide range of audiences through the center's philosophies on writing, learning, and growth. Inkwell demonstrates a variety of styles from the traditional academic format to poetry-inducing prompts.
An online and print publication featuring art and writing of students and faculty, Vanishing Point is dedicated to showcasing the creative endeavors of Evergreen. With a commitment to accessibility to both artists and those who enjoy their work, Vanishing Point aims to cultivate the arts community and capture the artistic spirit of Evergreen.