Creative Writing: Indigenous Speculative Fiction

Winter 2021
Native Pathways - Olympia
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
4 Credits per quarter
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Creative Writing: Indigenous Speculative Fiction is designed to explore our own identities, worldviews and writing styles, the stories we come back to again and again, and how writing fiction help explain the world around us. Students will gain writing tools for process and revision and an understanding of fictional elements such as plot, character, story arc, tone, voice, diction, POV, metaphor, and structure. Analyzing the works from Walking The Clouds  and other selected readings through weekly reflections will thoughtful articulation of your findings in student-led seminars. This is a critical reading and writing course focused on exploring indigenous speculative fiction--what speculative fiction is, as well as how the indigenous worldview and writer creates a cultural and historical vantage point. By examining the methods and themes that indigenous writers employ to write about the “future” world,  students will craft their own creative speculative fiction, based on their own worldview, that will be made into an anthology (the collaborative class project). 


Required technology to be successful:  computer or equivalent, internet connection, access to Canvas and Zoom. Synchronous (live on Canvas/zoom) hours for all core NPP programs are estimated at 7 hours and asynchronous hours are estimated at 5 hours per week.   Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with the NPP Director and faculty to pursue alternate options to earn program credit.  

Native Pathways Program students register using CRN 20087. All other students use CRN 20088. 


Winter 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

(4): 20087
(4): 20088

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$10 fee for class anthology project


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Native Pathways - Olympia