Writing from Life

Winter 2022
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
4 Credits per quarter
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Writing from Life serves two distinct student groups—those planning to document and earn academic credit for significant prior professional or community-based experience, and an additional student group seeking to build skills in creative and effective writing. Please read about both sections for clear understanding.

Prior Learning from Experience Prerequisite: (CRN 20027) Students will have the chance to kick-start or accelerate, a college career by documenting professional and/or community-based experience. With significant support, they will learn to write essays that show the "college equivalent learning" gained through professional and/or community-based work. Students headed toward Prior Learning from Experience will receive significant faculty support, both one-on-one, and in Zoom-based classes. For more information on this section, contact Eirik Steinhoff at steinhoe@evergreen.edu. This path to Prior Learning from Experience is a great way to speed time to degree and to build a meaningful documentation of your professional work and other college equivalent experience. For more information, including a short video, see http://www.evergreen.edu/ple  

Another group of students will join the Creative and Effective Writing section (CRN 20028). These students will concentrate on autobiography, essays, and writing of choice. They will participate with future Prior Learning from Experience students in reading and seminars on texts and essays, as well as writing workshops. Students in this section should have basic college-level writing experience and be capable of working on a highly independent and small group basis. Creative and Effective Writing students will choose their own topics and writing forms for writing assignments, and will also engage in assigned writing exercises. Critique group will be an invaluable part of the course experience.

Please sign up under the appropriate section and Course Number for either PLE or Creative and Effective Writing, under the umbrella of Writing from Life.

Required technology to be successful:  computer or equivalent, internet connection, access to Canvas and Zoom for Synchronous (live on Canvas/zoom) learning.  Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they may be able to work with the faculty to pursue alternate options to earn program credit.


Winter 2022 Registration

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(4): 20027
(4): 20028

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