2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

The "Beats": A Writing and Poetry Retreat


Summer 2012 quarter

Michael Vavrus education, history, political economy
Fields of Study
cultural studies, literature and writing

The college's Organic Farmhouse will serve as our on-campus retreat environment for two consecutive weekends where we will read and write about and discuss the "Beats."  We investigate who were the "Beatniks" of the 1950s and 1960s, how they culturally revolutionized America, and what their legacy is today.  Students will research, present, discuss, and write poetry on the writings of the Beats.  This program is open to all students with an open mind who may be beginning, intermediate, or seasoned poets.  Students can expect to gain an understanding of the historical significance of the Beats and grow substantially in their poetic writing voice.  Following the on-campus retreat, students will work individually to revise their work started during the retreat.  By the end of summer students should expect to leave this course with a collection of poems.  Open to all abilities of student writers.

There will be an orientation meeting Monday, July 23 from 5:30-6:30pm.  If you are unable to come to this meeting, you must contact the instructor to get information needed for the retreat.

Advertised Schedule
Orientation meeting 5:30-6:30p Mon Jul. 23; class meetings: 5-9p Fri, 9a-9p Sat, 10a-2p Sun (Jul. 27, 28, 29, Aug. 3, 4)
Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
Greener Store
Offered During
Evening and Weekend

Program Revisions

Date Revision
July 9th, 2012 This program has been cancelled due to low enrollment.
May 7th, 2012 Orientation meeting added.