Future History: Indigenous Speculative Fiction
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In this course we will explore our own identities, worldviews and writing styles, the stories we come back to again and again, and how the foundational elements of fiction help us (writers and readers) explain the world around us. Analyzing the readings will provoke critical thinking skills and thoughtful articulation of our findings. Individual writing projects will highlight your skills as a writer, as will peer workshops. 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. Looking at the methods and themes that indigenous writers employ to write about the “future” world, we will analyze short stories through reading reflections and seminars. Students will be writing their own creative speculative fiction that, with peer feedback, will be made into an anthology. A key component to this course will be learning to deliver effective and compelling readings of completed work.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
creative writing, literature, Native American studies, communication, community studies, cultural studies, and history.
Credits per quarter
- Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Evening
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Located in: Olympia