writing

Explore a range of genres from fiction, poetry, and screenwriting to creative nonfiction and science. Cultivate your ability to tell compelling stories. Translate human experience into artful literary work. 

Art–Work

At Evergreen, you'll work in small intensive groups with peers and faculty to refine your writing skills.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of our curriculum, you’ll have many opportunities to hone your craft, regardless of the genre in which you specialize.

Evergreen faculty members have collaborated with students to produce written projects in numerous disciplines, including the book, Defending Wild Washington: A Citizen’s Action Guide, a collection of writing and art titled Silk Roads Anthology: Identity and Travel, and the bilingual anthology, En Sus Propias Palabras/In Their Own Words, which was distributed to libraries, schools, and community organizations serving Latino populations in Western Washington.

Whether you want to become a novelist, a poet, a journalist, a copywriter, or any other type of writer, Evergreen will help you develop the techniques to become an effective communicator and artist of the written word.

Join us in an education that doesn’t just change your life — it gives you the tools to change the world.

Sample Program

Life as Literature: Studies in Literature, Interpretation, and Writing

Quality writing skills are a key asset to careers in any field, where the ability to clearly and creatively express ideas and values is in high demand.

Offered Fall 2017

The outsider philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once confided in a letter that his only home was between the lines of his writing on the page.

What does it mean to write yourself into being?

This program will investigate the complex relationships between an author, the reader, and her pages: who or what speaks in a literary work? What emerges through a reader’s work of interpretation—a new work, a translation? This program’s goal is to help you become a more skillful and inventive interpreter, a better reader, and ultimately, a more adept writer. We will study and practice various methods of interpretation of literary texts, focusing on works of autobiography, self-portraiture, and self-creation as alter-ego. We will read poetic, dramatic, and narrative works as well as essays. Readings will include, among others, Martinican Aimé Césaire’s Return to My Native Land; Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud; Emily Dickinson’s poems; Jean Genet’s The Miracle of the Rose; and Anaïs Nin’s Labyrinths. Students will engage in study of interpretive methodologies, read critical essays in philosophical and psychological approaches to literature, and practice interpretive writing as well as creative exercises in writing themselves into being on the page. The program is preparatory for advanced study of world literature.

View this program in the catalog.

Writing Power workshop

After Graduation

Pat Thomas

Pat Thomas ’12 published his first book while still a student.

Quality writing skills are a key asset to careers in any field requiring the ability to clearly convey information, ideas, and values. Studying writing at Evergreen prepares you for graduate studies and careers in media, publishing, business, nonprofit work, and academia. Many fields in creative writing require a college degree, including at least a bachelor’s and often an MFA in creative writing or an MA in literature, journalism, or a related field. Our alumni have an excellent record of success in graduate school. They also include numerous published authors, as well as professionals in law, education, publishing, marketing, and journalism.

Facilities & Resources

The Writing Center

As a writer, you may be able to work in our Writing Center to improve your own skills and share your knowledge and passion with others.

The Evergreen State College Press

Evergreen's newest media outlet annually publishes a small number of books showcasing exceptional student writing of high scholarly merit. Selections reflect the college’s intellectual and creative vitality and its innovative academic work. The press’s first release, Writing American Cultures: Studies of Identity, Community, and Place, which was published in 2013, features narrative nonfiction essays based on the ethnographic research of eight student authors.

Student Newspaper

Students interested in journalism, political commentary, and artistic critique produce evergreen’s student newspaper, the Cooper Point Journal.

Cross Cultural Poetics

This groundbreaking radio show, produced on campus at KAOS 89.3FM, introduces poets to listeners around the world.

Inkwell: The Student Guide to Writing at Evergreen

Produced by Writing Center tutors, Inkwell is used as a teaching tool. Its goal is to empower and inspire a wide range of audiences through the center's philosophies on writing, learning, and growth. Inkwell demonstrates a variety of styles from the traditional academic format to poetry-inducing prompts.

Vanishing Point

An online and print publication featuring art and writing of students and faculty, Vanishing Point is dedicated to showcasing the creative endeavors of Evergreen. With a commitment to accessibility to both artists and those who enjoy their work, Vanishing Point aims to cultivate the arts community and capture the artistic spirit of Evergreen.

Planned offerings for 2017–18
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
A Writer's Paradise FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 16
Academic Writing at Evergreen FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Advocating for a Sustainable Future: Weaving Stories and Statistics FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
4, 8
Asian/American: Pop Culture Crosscurrents JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Astronomy and Cosmology: Stars and Stories FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8, 12
Awakening the Dreamer, Pursuing the Dream FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Be Wilder: Writing from Wilderness FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Best of Both Worlds: A Fiction/Nonfiction Workshop FR-SR
  • Fall
8
Born into Language: Creative Writing, Philosophy, Sound Art, and Psychoanalysis FR-SO
  • Winter
16
Born into Language: Creative Writing, Philosophy, Sound Art, and Psychoanalysis FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Botany: Plants and People FR-SO
  • Spring
16
City Parks and Politics: An Introduction FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Code/Switch SO-SR
  • Fall
4, 12, 16
Cornerstone: Foundations for Success FR-JR
  • Spring
4
Cornerstone: Foundations for Success FR-JR
  • Winter
4
Countertextual Ecologies: Eco-Music FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Eco-Poetics FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Gastropoetics FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Political Ecology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Critical Reasoning FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutor's Craft FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Diversity and Dissent in Education and the Media FR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Earth Dynamics: People, Place, Technology, and History FR-SO
  • Winter
16
Face of the Other: Levinas, Postmodern Ethics, and Jewish Thought FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Forensics and Criminal Behavior FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
4, 8, 12, 16
Games for Social Good FR-SR
  • Fall
8
Grammar for Teachers FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Grammar in Context FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Grant Writing and Fundraising: Ideas to Realities FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Grant Writing and Fundraising: Ideas to Realities FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Grant Writing and Fundraising: Ideas to Realities FR-SR
  • Fall
2
How to Do Things with Words: poiesis and praxis FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Images of Japan: Arts, Literature, and Cinema FR-SR
  • Spring
12, 16
Imagined Futures: Indigenous Speculative Fiction FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Impossible Objects: Literature, Creative Writing, and Environmental Humanities FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Individual Study: Queer Studies, Performance SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Introduction to Game Studies (A) FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Introduction to Game Studies (B) FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Life as Literature FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Mapping Histories Through Writing FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Mediaworks: Signifying Power and Difference on Screen(s) SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Narrative Silences: Literature, Film, and Book Arts JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
On Reading Well FR-SR
  • Winter
4
On Reading Well FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Performing the Text: Creative Writing as Dissent FR-SR
  • Spring
4
PLE Document Writing FR-SR
  • Spring
4, 6, 8
PLE Document Writing FR-SR
  • Winter
4, 6, 8
PLE Document Writing FR-SR
  • Fall
4, 6, 8
Poetic Truth: Plato’s Dialogues FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8
Poetry New York FR-SR
  • Spring
12, 16
Politics and Aesthetics: Critical Theory and Critical Practice SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Remix Reverse Remediate SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Senior Seminar SR
  • Spring
4
Story/Theory: A Cross-Genre Workshop - Summer Intensive FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Work in a Challenging Time (CCBLA) SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: how to do things with words JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Literary Arts Capstone JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Nature Poetry SO-SR
  • Fall
8
Technical Writing in the 21st Century SO-SR
  • Winter
16
The Ethical Imagination FR-SR
  • Summer
4
The Graphic Novel FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8
The Graphic Novel SO-SR
  • Winter
8
The Practice of Writing FR-SR
  • Fall
4
The Practice of Writing FR-SR
  • Winter
4
The Word in the Ear: Finnegans Wake and Other Experiments in Music and Language FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8, 16
Therapy Through the Arts (daytime) FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 16
Therapy Through the Arts (evening) FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 16
Thinking Clearly in Difficult Times FR-SR
  • Winter
8
Turning Water into Wine: Composing Essays, Crafting Fiction JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Unpacking Counter Narratives: Examining Multiple Perspectives and Diverse Voices SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Spring
4
With Liberty and Justice for Whom? JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Writing as Craft FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8
Writing Beyond the Basics FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8
Writing Board Game Reviews FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Writing from Life FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Writing from Life FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Writing from Life FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Writing the Unthinkable: Literary and Philosophical Imaginations FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (A) JR-SR
  • Winter
2, 4
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (A) JR-SR
  • Spring
2, 4, 6
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (B) JR-SR
  • Winter
2, 4
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (B) JR-SR
  • Spring
2, 4, 6
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (C) JR-SR
  • Winter
2, 4
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (C) JR-SR
  • Spring
2, 4, 6
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (D) JR-SR
  • Winter
2, 4
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (D) JR-SR
  • Spring
2, 4, 6
Writing, Communication, and Leadership for the Common Good: Creating Change FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
12, 16
Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Asian/American: Pop Culture Crosscurrents JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Botany: Plants and People FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Cities and Suburbs: Advocacy and Writing to Solve Ecological Justice Problems SO-SR
  • Fall
8
Combinatory Play: Creative Writing, Mathematics, and Improv FR-SO
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
Communicating Science in the Disinformation Era FR
  • Winter
16
Communicating Science in the Disinformation Era FR
  • Fall
16
Cornerstone: Foundations for Success FR-JR
  • Fall
4
Cornerstone: Foundations for Success FR-JR
  • Winter
4
Critical Reasoning FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Dangerous Readings FR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Designing for Social Good: Drawing and Board Games SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Environmental and Social Justice Successes: How to Grow Hope in the Dark FR-SR
  • Winter
12
European Ethnobotany in Historical Context FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Experiments in Text FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Gardens as Creative Non-Fiction FR-SR
  • Spring
12
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth: Critical Literacy and Critical Numeracy SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Genes and Poems: Creating Form and Meaning FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Global/Local Realities and Alternative Visions JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Inscribing the Body: Embodiment and the Performance of Identity in Creative Writing FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Languages of Unsaying: Islam, Secularism, and American Poetry JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Literary Arts Foundations SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Living With Climate Change SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
On Reading Well FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Plants in Art, Word, and Healing SO-SR
  • Winter
8
PLE Document Writing FR-SR
  • Winter
4, 6, 8
PLE Document Writing FR-SR
  • Fall
4, 6, 8
PLE Document Writing FR-SR
  • Spring
4, 6, 8
Senior Seminar SR
  • Spring
4
Shifting the Margins: Revolutionary Writing in Times of Crisis FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Social Entrepreneurship and Development: Management, Sustainability and Finance FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Student-Originated Studies: Literature, Philosophy, Myth/Religion and Writing SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Science and Environmental Writing for the General Public JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Teaching through Performance FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Teachings of the Tree People: American Indian Culture FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
The Practice of Writing FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Undergraduate Research and Projects in Critical and Creative Practices SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0
Unmasking the Material World: Discovering Objects as Stories FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Utopian Dreams, Dystopian Nightmares SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life (copy) FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Writing and Speaking in the Workplace and Beyond FR-SR
  • Fall
8
Writing for Your Life FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Writing from Life FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Writing from Life FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Writing from Life FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Writing Out Loud: Journalism and Personal Essay Writing SO-SR
  • Spring
12
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (A) JR-SR
  • Spring
2, 4, 6
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (A) JR-SR
  • Winter
2, 4, 6
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (B) JR-SR
  • Spring
2, 4, 6
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (B) JR-SR
  • Winter
2, 4, 6
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (C) JR-SR
  • Spring
2, 4, 6
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (C) JR-SR
  • Winter
2, 4, 6
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (D) JR-SR
  • Spring
2, 4, 6
Writing Well: Making Your Statement (D) JR-SR
  • Winter
2, 4, 6