2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Writer's Paradise

Summer quarter

Faculty: Steven Hendricks book arts, literature, creative writing, Nancy Parkes creative writing, sustainability, public policy

Fields of Study: literature and writing

Summer: CRN (Credit) Level 40148 (12) Full Session; 40149 (8) First Session; 40150 (4) Second Session  

Credits: 4, 8, 12(Su)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior

Offered During: Evening and Weekend


Writer’s Paradise is open to writers of all ability levels seeking an intensive writing experience that complements a busy summer schedule. Students may enroll for 12 credits (both sessions), 8 credits (first session), or 4 credits (second session).

Choose to focus on poetry, fiction, essays and/or creative non-fiction. Peer critique groups will be required to meet weekly at a mutually agreeable time (outside of scheduled class time). Faculty will offer extensive individual support and time to students. Program work will include seminars on short fiction, a novel, and non-fiction; regular writing workshops; in-class critique; day hikes, and desktop design workshops (work varies depending on enrollment—see below).

Students enrolled in first session will attend weekly program meetings, participate in seminars, workshops and peer critique. Saturday class will, on two occasions, consist of a day hike somewhere in the beautiful Puget Sound area. On alternate Saturdays, students will attend writing and design workshops on campus and learn to digitally design and print their own editions of their writing.

Second session emphasizes independent work on a substantial manuscript. The whole class will meet during the first week of the quarter, followed immediately by an intensive weekend writing retreat full of activities, discussions, and preparations for the rest of the session. Students will then work to complete a manuscript, attend regular peer critique meetings, and meet one-on-one with faculty to discuss their work. Students will attend two final class meetings during the last week of the session when they will present and discuss their work.

For more information about hikes, weekend intensives, and other program activities, please visit the program website: blogs.evergreen.edu/writersparadise/

Maximum Enrollment: 50

Advertised Schedule: First session: 5:30-9:30p Mon/Wed, 9a-5p Sat (Jun. 20 - Jul. 23); Second session: 5:30-9:30p Mon/Wed (Jul. 25, 27, Aug. 22, 24), 5:30-9:30p Fri, 10a-8p Sat, 10a-4p Sun (Jul. 29 - Aug. 1)

Special Expenses: entrance fees and carpool expenses for day hikes; other expenses include optional food contributions for program events

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com