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.
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.
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.
Offerings Proposed For 2017-18
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:
- Awakening the Dreamer, Pursuing the Dream (Freshman-Only Program)
- Diversity and Dissent in Education and the Media (Freshman-Only Program)
- Life as Literature: Studies in Literature, Interpretation, and Writing (Freshman-Only Program)
- Botany: Plants and People
- Earth Dynamics: People, Place, Technology, and History
- Forensics and Criminal Behavior
- The Funding of Higher Education: Debt, the Great Divide!
Both upper and lower division students may take these programs:
- Countertextual Ecologies (Freshmen - Senior)
- The Graphic Novel (Freshmen - Senior)
- Images of Japan: Arts, Literature, and Cinema (Freshmen - Senior)
- Marine Biology and Maritime Literature (Freshmen - Senior)
- Mediaworks: Signifying Power and Difference on Screen(s) (Sophomore - Senior)
- Poetry New York (Freshmen - Senior)
- Remix Reverse Remediate (Sophomore - Senior)
- Undergraduate Projects in Critical and Creative Practices (Sophomore - Senior)
- Unpacking Counter Narratives: Examining Multiple Perspectives and Diverse Voices (Sophomore - Senior)
Programs for juniors and seniors:
- Asian/American: Pop Culture Crosscurrents
- Books and Silences: Samuel Beckett and Book Arts
- Face of the Other: Levinas, Postmodern Ethics, and Jewish Thought
- Student-Originated Studies: Literary Arts Capstone
- With Liberty and Justice for Whom?
- The Word in the Ear: Finnegans Wake and Other Experiments in Music and Language
- The Writing Is Round: A Canon of Words Hurled 'Round the World
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
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.
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.
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.