A Writer's Paradise

Summer
Summer 2019 (Full Session)
Olympia
Olympia
EveningWeekend
Evening and Weekend
Freshman-Senior
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 20
816Variable
Credits per quarter
Variable Credit Options Available

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creative writing, sustainability, public policy

Fiction! Essays! Non-fiction! Creative non-fiction! Academic writing! Journalism! Poetry! Our schedule is summer-friendly for working adults and others.

Dive into any of these genres in  Writer’s Paradise. This craft-intensive program offers regular peer-critique groups, seminars on fiction and non-fiction, workshops to sharpen skills and generate ideas (including writing marathons with engaging writing exercises), and extensive one-on-one critique with faculty. Deepen your engagement with your own writing, build critical reading skills, and refine your editorial eyes and ears. We’ll work with stories, essays, a novel, and poems that allow us to study writing strategies. Students will be introduced to close, critical reading practices, and, in short, learn to read like writers. Our schedule is summer friendly to working adults, meeting regularly on Monday and Wednesday evenings; with two weekend day-only retreats each session.

Writer’s Paradise is designed to help beginning and accomplished writers to develop skills that they can use artistically, academically, and professionally. Regular weeknight sessions will include lectures, workshops, seminar, and guided critique group opportunities. Classroom work emphasizes the critique process, fine-tuning, generating work, close reading, and practices of literary study. We will also have guest writer's who read their work and offer workshops.

Students may choose to engage in one regional hike each session, along with sensory exercises to expand the creative process. First session will be to the Hoh Rain Forest; second session will be to Hurricane or Klahhane Ridge. Students may opt out of hikes and, with faculty, develop alternate writing-related intensive group activities to fortify their writing.

This program will be helpful to new Evergreen students due to extensive one-on-one time with faculty and curricular activities, as well as provide a deepening of skills to continuing students. A Writer's Paradise may help future Master in Teaching Students to fulfill the 12-credits in expository and other writing.  The program may also help current MIT students to meet English Language Arts endorsements. Please contact faculty,  parkesn@evergreen.edu  , to further discuss this, or see me at the academic fair for summer.

Weekend days first session will be July 6 & 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a hike to the Hoh on Sat. July 20 (all day) and campus Sun. July 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Weekend days second session will be Aug. 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m; a hike to the Olympics on Sat. Aug. 24 (all day) and on campus Sun. Aug. 25. We will regularly meet as a class from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Critique groups will meet in the classroom Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning the first Wednesday of each session, from 5 to 6 p.m.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Communications, Public Policy, Non-profit, Journalism, Advanced Undergraduate Studies, Graduate School, Writing, Literature, Natural History

816Variable

Credits per quarter
Variable Credit Options Available

Variable Credit Options:

16- Full Session

8 - First Session

8 - Second Session

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Freshman-Senior
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 20
EveningWeekend

Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 5:00 pm
Purce Hall 8 - Classroom

Located in: Olympia