Fiction! Essays! Creative non-fiction! Academic Writing! Journalism! Poetry! You choose what to write about, and the form of your writing. We welcome beginning to advanced writers to our summer-friendly schedule. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Our student-friendly meeting times are 6 to 8:50 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and two or four 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday sessions.
Immerse yourself in a full ten-week session earning 16 credits or spend five weeks in an eight-credit session.
Your Writer’s Paradise program time may be in Olympia, or anywhere your writing, life and work take you. Our program design is intensive and inclusive, though the program is remote. You will have rich opportunities to work independently, collaboratively, in small writing groups, and in plentiful individual meetings with the faculty designed to match your specific needs and goals.
You’ll develop your creativity, writing, reading, and imagination in both individual and collective. supportive activities that inspire your work. With writing at the heart, these might include such varied activities as hiking, nature writing, meditative walks, photography, or art. All will inspire a deep dive into your writing.
Students will spend significant time on writing projects designed with faculty and other support.
We’ll have seminars on fiction and non-fiction, writing exercises, and workshops to help generate ideas and sharpen skills. Deepen development of your own writing, build critical reading skills, and refine your editorial eyes and ears. We’ll study writing strategies working with stories, essays, novels, and poems by a rich variety of authors—all for the purpose of learning to read like writers.
Several awesome guest authors will offer readings and workshops. Each guest writer will motivate you and teach techniques that expand your toolkit for writing.
Zoom classes will be 6 to 8:50 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays (holidays excluded).
You will have four 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday activities, or two if you are in the five-week session, with activities that inspire writing with room for your plenty of room for customization. Saturdays for first session include Week 3, (July 9) and 4 (July 16); and second session weeks 7 (Aug. 6) and 9 (Aug. 20).
Nancy will be available at Academic Fair on Monday, May 11, for introductory meetings and to answer your questions. I am flexible and happy to find alternate times.
Noted one student from summer 2021, “Nancy is what the education system needs more of. She is an indispensable gift to aspiring writers. She is always open to new ideas and evolving her style to give even more to her students. She is always attentive and willing to have personal meetings to discuss and examine ideas and provide invaluable input. Her life experience has made her a spring of new ideas that she gives away freely.”
Don’t let the word “remote” concern you! We will work very closely. This is the “best of both worlds.” Faculty Nancy A. Parkes will provide detailed guidelines and inspirations for hikes, writing inspirations, and all activities that will give you a rewarding and rich writing environment. Though you may fully and richly participate in A Writer’s Paradise remotely, students in Olympia, or near to one another elsewhere, may also find opportunities to share Saturday or other activities. You can do this on, or off zoom! You may also have the delightful opportunity to share your Saturday experiences with significant others, something few classes offer. Whether on Zoom or off, you will have meaningful time with peers and faculty. Nancy will schedule plentiful one-on-one appointments to meet with you to provide encouragement and feedback. (If you have a Saturday when work or family commitments make you unable to do special activities, we can make other arrangements when needed.)
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Writing, Editing, Teaching, Creative Collaboration, and Literature.