Writing from Life

Fall 2021
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
4 Credits per quarter
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This online class offers support in writing that serves two distinct groups of students: those student considering earning additional credit for knowledge and experience through Evergreen's Prior Learning from Experience program, and students who are looking to build their skills in creative and effective writing. These are the two course sections:

Prior Learning from Experience Prerequisite: (Use CRN 10142)Many of our students arrive at Evergreen with substantial college-level learning from their past work and community experience, even if they don't always recognize it themselves! This section fulfills the prerequisite for students who want to go on to take Prior Learning from Experience Document Writing. The Prior Learning program helps students reflect on their own knowledge and the college recognize that college level learning with credits. Students will have the chance to kick-start or accelerate their college career by documenting professional and community-based experience. With significant support, students in this section will learn to write the essays that show that college equivalent learning gained through professional and community-based work. Students working toward Prior Learning from Experience will receive significant faculty support, both one-on-one and in class. For more information on this section, contact Nancy Parkes at parkesn@evergreen.edu. You will also find further information, including a video about the Prior Learning from Experience Program, at http://www.evergreen.edu/ple .

Creative and Effective Writing: (Use CRN 10143)These students will concentrate on autobiography, essays, and their own chosen kind of writing. They will participate with all 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 formats (genres) 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 Prior Learning from Experience or Creative and Effective Writing.

This class will be taught remotely, which means we will use Zoom and Canvas. Even if we are working remotely, we will work to be an engaged learning community, Evergreen style. You will have the chance to talk with your peers in class in both large and small groups; you can meet groups of students on Zoom outside of class, and you will always have the opportunity to meet with me (Nancy) in individual face-to-face Zoom sessions.

To successfully participate in this program, students will need internet access. Students can expect our remote teaching to be around 4 hours of synchronous (scheduled) coursework per week, using Zoom and Canvas. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous (in person or remote) participation if conditions require.


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(4): 10142
(4): 10143

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