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Explore the elements of poetry and prose in this two-week camp for word nerds! Together with Samar and Shelby, you’ll build and nourish rich internal worlds while engaging with each other in a literary community. Your days will be full of writing activities and craft exercises that will expose you to a diverse range of styles, forms, and writers. You’ll read and discuss literary classics and cutting-edge writing that’ll blow your mind; you’ll brainstorm, free-write, draft and edit your way to great stories and poems; and you’ll share your work with a community of like-minded creatives. All skill levels welcome.
This camp will be held online using a combination of Zoom and Google Classroom.
Duration: Two Weeks
Term: Scribes 2020
Start Date: 07/06/2020
End Date: 07/17/2020
Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Maximum Class Size: 16
Samar Abulhassan holds an MFA. from Colorado State University and has worked as a teaching artist for a decade, for Seattle Arts and Lectures' WITS Program, Hugo House, Jack Straw, and the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of multiple chapbooks, including Farah and Nocturnal Temple. She received a 2016 CityArtist grant to complete a novel-in-poems, reflecting on memory, longing and the Arabic alphabet ignited while exploring Pike Place Market and Seattle’s waterfront.
Shelby Handler is a writer, organizer and educator living on Duwamish territory/Seattle, WA. A 2019-20 Hugo House fellow, their work has been supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Gay City Arts, Asylum Arts and the Yiddish Book Center. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gigantic Sequins, Pacifica Literary Review, Homology Lit, 3Elements Review, glitterMOB and the Write Bloody anthology “We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival." Shelby is a teaching artist with SAL's Writers in the Schools, Arts Corps, Youth Speaks Seattle and Kadima Reconstructionist Synagogue. Follow them @shelbeleh.