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Creatures of the Sea: Creative Writing Experiments

All Levels | What sensory approaches can we learn from an octopus, expanding the possibilities of imagery? What makes our words school like fish? When might a piece need one gigantic claw? How can our creative work be used to help save our watery planet? This generative class provides eclectic prompts using poetic and scientific sources for inspiration. Most writing happens in class, culminating in a portfolio of at least five new pieces. All genres welcome; no previous marine biology knowledge required. The first session of this class will meet at Hugo House. The second session will meet at the UW Fish Library (the largest ichthyology collection in North America).

Instructor: Sierra Nelson

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2019

Start Date: 10/27/2019

End Date: 11/03/2019

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Sierra Nelson

Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), and chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily). Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Carolyn Kizer Prize winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of literary performance groups The Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. For more info: songsforsquid.tumblr.com

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