Writing from Life

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Spring 2018 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 (CRN 30390):  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 https://www.evergreen.edu/ple.


Creative and Effective Writing (CRN 30391): A group of up to ten 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

communication writing


Spring Signature

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

6-10p Thu

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning