Creative Writing: "Savage Conversations"
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This writing course is designed around LeAnne Howe's Savage Conversations that explores Mary Todd Lincoln's addiction and madness through the ever-present backdrop of President Lincoln's mass hanging of the Dakota 38. Author Philip J. Deloria wrote that the book "...explodes with the stench of guilt and insanity that undergirds the American story...." Students will write in their chosen genre (prose, poetry, lyric essay, hybrid forms), weaving a time or event in the historical or current American story into their creative works. Having conversations about almost anything today can lead to controversy, conflict, and confusion; but creative writers have the ability to present information in storied packages, bringing readers into conversations they may not otherwise have. This course will explore kaleidoscope perspectives when approaching and choosing topics and themes to write about. There will be student-led seminars, daily journal writing, writing prompts and assignments, and a final creative writing project. This is a writing intensive course, beginner to advanced, for anyone interested in creative writing as a learning tool, an artistic form of activism, and a platform to share untold stories. We will interrogate our own worldviews along with our time and place in America/the world to create work with integrity and power. Required text is LeAnne Howe, Savage Conversations. Credit equivalencies are 2 Creative Writing and 2 Literature: Native American.
Native Pathways Program students register using CRN 30308. All other students use CRN 30309.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Evening
Located in: Olympia
Spring 2020: Contact faculty or check offering in Canvas for first class meeting date and time.