2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Student-Originated Studies: Creative Writing (Narrative Memoir and Short Story)

Spring quarter

Faculty: Eddy Brown creative writing, literature

Fields of Study: American studies, consciousness studies, cultural studies, literature and writing

Spring: CRN (Credit) Level 30050 (16) So - Sr  Signature Required Students must submit a one-page summary for their individual study project, and one or two finished pieces of creative writing in the genre(s) selected for their proposed project (12-page maximum per sample). Interested students should contact the program faculty to schedule an appointment. Students who have completed their appointments by the Academic Fair, March 2, 2011, will be given priority. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.  

Credits: 16(S)

Class Standing: Sophomore - Senior

Offered During: Day

Prerequisites: Students need not have extensive experience in creative writing, but they must have sound writing skills and the willingness to accept and apply critiques of their process and work.


This SOS supports students doing individual projects in creative writing. Students will enroll for SOS, then design their quarter-long, contract-style work plans using input from the faculty member. In the first week of the program, each student will prepare a project proposal, and then complete that project during the quarter. The program will have weekly class sessions where students will report on their progress, share work-in-progress, conduct peer reviews, get advice and guidance, and take in faculty and guest lectures on related topics. Students must attend and participate in these sessions. There will also be book seminars with weekly reader responses to both assigned and self-selected texts. Students will maintain and submit a process portfolio and reading journal. We will have in-class student readings of their work at the end of the quarter.

The weekly meetings are intended to provide a sense of community and support to students. All other student obligations will be worked out individually with the faculty member.

Students may select and propose nonfiction and/or short fiction projects for the program; however, the faculty member has expertise in the following topics: creative writing (particularly the narrative memoir), modern and contemporary American literature (particularly creative nonfiction), literary critique, cultural studies, and intrapersonal psychology (self-awareness).

Maximum Enrollment: 25

Preparatory for studies or careers in: creative writing, cultural studies, literature and teaching.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

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