A Writer's Paradise

Summer
Summer 2020 (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 this craft-intensive class. It 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 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. 

This class is designed to help beginning and accomplished writers to develop skills 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 writers 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 class 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. It may help future Master in Teaching Students to fulfill the 12-credits in expository and other writing.  The class may also help future 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 11 & 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a hike to the Hoh on Sat. July 18 (all day) and writing day Sun. July 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Weekend days second session will be Aug. 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a hike at Mt. Rainier on Sat. Aug. 22 (all day) and writing day on Sun. Aug. 23. 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

Freshman-Senior
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 20
EveningWeekend

Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend

Located in: Olympia

Spring 2020: Contact faculty or check offering in Canvas for first class meeting date and time.