Creative Writing: Identity and Imagination

Spring 2021
Native Pathways - Olympia
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
4 Credits per quarter
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Creative Writing: Identity, Imagination, and Hybridity explores elements of creative writing across genres, focusing on hybrid writing forms as a tool to develop a stronger sense of authorial identity and practice creating outside the traditional, mainstream literary world. Even if you are writing traditional stories, working outside of your typical comfort zone can provide a myriad of new perspectives, new writing tools and tricks, and deepen the writers understanding of the creative process. Designed for the emerging, as well as advanced writer, we will focus on the themes of Identity and Imagination in crafting our creative works in prose and poetics. Students will present works in collage, photo stories, prose poetry, as well as traditional and other hybrid forms. 

Writer Natalie Goldberg states in her seminal work, Writing Down the Bones, "Our bodies are garbage heaps: we collect experience, and from the decomposition of the thrown-out eggshells, spinach leaves, coffee grinds, and old steak bones of our minds come nitrogen, heat, and stories." Our lived experience and identities (fluid in both memory and place) provide the scaffolding for creative writing.

Students will keep a writing journal to record observations and ideas in addition to weekly writing prompts, creative writing assignments, and class seminars discussing concepts, text examples, and student analyses. 

This course will provide synchronous learning (via zoom) for a minimum of 70% of the credit hours; asynchronous learning will be done through Canvas Discussions, Small Group and Partner Projects, and other work as assigned. If anyone has access/service concerns or issues, please contact the faculty for alternate learning plans.  

Native Pathways Program students register using CRN 30087. All other students use CRN 30088.


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(4): 30088

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Native Pathways - Olympia