Writer's Paradise

Summer 2014 quarter

Taught by

book arts, literature, creative writing
creative writing, sustainability, public policy

Fiction! Essays! Non-fiction! Creative non-fiction! Academic writing! Journalism! Poetry! Dive into any of these genres in  Writer’s Paradise . This craft-intensive program has it all: weekly peer-critique groups; copious feedback from faculty; seminars on fiction and creative non-fiction; workshops to sharpen skills and generate ideas; and one-on-one and online critique. Deepen your engagement with your own writing, build critical reading skills, and refine your editorial eyes and ears. Use your summer to draft a number of small projects, push yourself to produce a finished, publishable manuscript, or build on academic or professional work to develop your individual projects— Writer's Paradise will challenge you to follow through on your passion for writing.

In addition to intensive writing and revision, you’ll engage in writing-related activities that explore the creative process and the written word, including meditative hikes, daytime program retreats (on weekends), workshops on conventional and self-publishing strategies, and a variety of playful and rigorous approaches to the art of reading and writing.

Writer’s Paradise  is designed to help beginning and accomplished writers to develop skills that they can use artistically, academically, and professionally. Regular weeknight sessions will include lectures, workships, seminar, and guided critique group opportunities. We'll have two weekend retreats per session during which we'll meet all day Saturday and Sunday for workshops, walks, sharing work, and discussion. Each five week session will culminate in a Saturday workshop and celebration. 

We have designed this program schedule to include students who work and for anyone who wants to work intensively on writing. The schedule is summer friendly. Students may enroll for the full 10-week quarter or for either of the 5-week sessions. Students can expect to have significant time with faculty, as well as opportunities to work independently and with strong peer support.


*This program may help future Master in Teaching Students to fulfill the 12-credits in expository and other writing.  The program may also help current MIT students to meet English Language Arts endorsements. Please contact faculty ( parkesn@evergreen.edu ) to further discuss this, or see us at academic fair for summer.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

Communications, Advocacy, Teaching, Analytical/workplace writing; Creative Writing--and all areas. Everyone needs to write well. Each student may design projects to suit individual focus, and faculty will assist with these efforts.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening and Weekend

Advertised schedule: Program will meet Tues., and Thurs. from 5 to 9:30 p.m.  In first session, our retreat weekend will be June 28 and 29; our culminating workshop will be Sat. July 26 (all weekend sessions from 9:30 to 5:30 p.m.)  In second session, our retreat weekend will be Aug. 2 and 3; our culminating session will be Aug. 30.   


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Registration Information

Credits: 8, 16 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 30


Course Reference Numbers

Full Session (16 credits): 40146
First Session (8 credits): 40147
Second Session (8 credits): 40148

Go to my.evergreen.edu to register for this program.

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