Writing from Life

Winter 2015 quarter

Taught by

creative writing, sustainability, public policy

The Writing from Life class serves two distinct groups of students -- those planning to earn credit through Prior Learning from Experience, and those who want to build their skills in creative writing.

Prior Learning from Experience Prerequisite:   Students will have the chance to kick-start, or accelerate, a college career by documenting professional and/or community-based experience. With significant support, they will learn to write essays that show the "college equivalent learning" they have gained through professional and/or volunteer work in community. Writing from Life is the springboard to this highly supportive learning community, where adults work together to ensure one another's success.  Students headed toward PLE will receive significant faculty support, both one-on-one, and in class.  We will also focus on academic skills that will help students to succeed in Prior Learning and in other academic courses and programs at Evergreen.  Students earn four credits for this course, and may take up to 16 further credits in the Prior Learning from Experience Program.  The Prior Learning prerequisite requires an easily-obtained faculty signature.  Please attend the academic fair for the quarter you would like to attend (contact Admissions), and/or contact Nancy A. Parkes at   parkesn@evergreen.edu  . You will also find further information, including a video, at   http://www.evergreen.edu/eveningandweekend/priorlearning.htm  . Finally, The Olympian wrote an article about the program, which you can find at   http://www.theolympian.com/2013/07/10/2616654/learning-from-life-gets-less-expensive.html


Creative and Effective Writing:  A group of up to eight students will concentrate on autobiography, essays, and writing of choice. They will participate with future Prior Learning from Experience students in reading and seminars on texts and essays, as well as writing workshops.  Students in this section don't require a faculty signature to register, but must be highly capable of independent work.






Program Details

Fields of Study

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening

Advertised schedule: 6-10p Thu. First meeting will be Thursday, January 8, 6:00pm, in Sem 2 B3109.


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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: 4 (Winter)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 18


Signature Required

Students must contact faculty to determine their fit for the Prior Learning from Experience program.

Course Reference Number

(4 credits): 20216

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

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