Explore a wide 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.
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.
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 2013 and Winter 2014
What makes a work of art capable of narrative expressiveness? What constitutes a narrative? How do artists invest tangible records, stories, artifacts, and objects with meaning, and how do readers work to recuperate or transform those meanings for themselves?
Many artists and writers have used objects, visual forms, books, and text in combination to create a hybrid language that can carry narrative possibilities. How do such works exploit the possibilities of conventional and unconventional narrative to stimulate the intellect and the imagination? Does imposing a narrative on a work of visual or sculptural art limit it, reducing it to a single interpretation? How can we navigate the space between object and idea as artists, as readers, as makers of things and makers of meaning?
This program will explore such questions through intensive studio work in fine metals and book arts. Equally important will be our study of literature that tests the boundary between narrative and non-narrative and the practice of critical and creative writing. The general program structure will include alternating periods of focused writing, imaginative reading, seminar discussion, and extended, deliberate work in the studio.
Offerings Proposed For 2015-16
As a student at Evergreen, you'll select from programs like the ones listed here to build your own education. While there are no specific course requirements, you can choose to develop an Area of Emphasis with help from advisors and faculty.
Programs for Freshmen and Sophomores
- Dangerous Reading: Readings in the History of Ideas (Freshman-Only Program)
- Caliban and the Witch
- Selves and Others: Representation and Performance
Programs for Juniors and Seniors
- Art and Archive
- "As Real as Rain": The Blues and American Culture
- Field Ecology
- Literary Arts Toolkit: Writing and Reading Contemporary Prose
- The New Puritans: Studies of Anglo-American Social Conscience
- The Postcolonial Novel
Both upper and lower division students may take these programs
- Academic Writing at Evergreen (Freshmen - Senior)
- Autobiography (Sophomore - Senior)
- Beethoven, Blake, and the Sounds of Revolution (Sophomore - Senior)
- Botany: Plants and People (Freshmen - Senior)
- Branching Out: An Ethnobotanical Garden in Community (Freshmen - Senior)
- Contemporary Native American Art in Cultural and Historical Contexts (Sophomore - Senior)
- Creative Writing Workshop (Sophomore - Senior)
- Evolution and Ecology Across Latitudes (Sophomore - Senior)
- Mediaworks: Signifying Power and Difference on Screen(s) (Sophomore - Senior)
- On Reading Well (Freshmen - Senior)
- Plant Ecology and Physiology (Sophomore - Senior)
- PLE Document Writing (Freshmen - Senior)
- The Practice of Writing (Freshmen - Senior)
- The Social Psychology of the Prison-Industrial Complex (Freshmen - Senior)
- Undergraduate Projects in Critical and Creative Practices (Sophomore - Senior)
- Undergraduate Projects in Critical and Creative Practices with J. Sandoz (Sophomore - Senior)
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 and Resources
Vanishing Point is an online and print publication featuring art and writing of students and faculty.
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.
Cooper Point Journal
Evergreen's student newspaper is produced by students interested in journalism, political commentary, and artistic critique.
Cross Cultural Poetics
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.
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.