Advanced Writing: Capstone in Literary Arts and the Humanities

Spring 2020
Class Size: 50
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Kris Coffey
creative writing, historical fiction, ethnic american literature
Vuslat Katsanis
writing, comparative literature, film and visual culture

This upper-division capstone writing workshop provides students with a forum for extended practice in creative writing, literary criticism, critical research, or hybrid works. It offers space and community for students to bring their work in progress to presentable, submittable, or publishable quality. The workshop is intended for students who have significant college-level experience in working creatively and critically with texts, and who are committed to advancing their writing professionally.

Throughout the quarter, students will develop and maintain a portfolio consisting of: writer’s statement; project proposal; evidence of preliminary research; writer’s methodology; peer review worksheets; and final revised, polished work. This program will meet four times a week, with weekly activities consisting of: in-class drafting/workshops, conferences, seminar, peer critique groups, student-led writing café.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Writing, literature, publishing, and transmedia-arts. Capstone programs give students the support to further develop a major project of their own invention—open to all kinds of writing, but especially important for those students interested in pursuing an MFA or a career as a writer.


Credits per quarter


Students should have completed at least one upper-division, writing-intensive program through which their project was started. Priority enrollment will be given to students who have completed Foundations in Literary Arts or the equivalent. 

Application Process/How to Enroll:

  • An application consisting of: one-page statement on your prior training and education at Evergreen, a paragraph-length statement summarizing your chosen writing sample, 5-10 pages of a writing sample of the actual writing project you wish to develop during this capstone, and your goals for further developing your piece in this capstone.
  • Email application materials to: AND with subject heading: Application for LA Advanced Writing Application for Spring 2020
Online learning:
  • Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
Class Standing: Junior–Senior
Class Size: 50

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 10:00 am
SEM 2 B2105 - Workshop

Located in: Olympia