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Essay as Entrance

Introductory/Intermediate | Knowing the basic components of a good essay is the foundation to great writing in any genre. Experienced teacher and charter member of the African-American Writers’ Alliance, Georgia McDade will provide writing exercises and examples to help you learn (or refresh) the basics of essay writing. After this class you will have the skills to help your writing in any genre.

This class will have a 30-minute lunch break.

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Instructor: Georgia S. McDade

Class Type: 1 Session


Start Date: 03/23/2019

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$130.50 Member Price:
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$145.00 General Price:

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Georgia S. McDade

Georgia Stewart McDade loves reading and writing. As a youngster she wrote and produced plays for her siblings and neighbors and collaborated with church youth to write plays for special occasions. Earning a Bachelor of Arts from Southern University, Master of Arts from Atlanta University, and Ph. D. from University of Washington, the English major spent more than thirty years teaching at Tacoma Community College but also found time to teach at Seattle University, the University of Washington, Lakeside School, Renton Technical College, and Zion Preparatory Academy. As a charter member of the African-American Writers’ Alliance (AAWA), McDade began reading her stories in public in 1991. She credits AAWA with making her regularly write poetry. For a number of years she has written poems inspired by art at such sites as Gallery 110, Seattle Art Museum, Onyx Fine Arts Collective, and Columbia City Gallery. She regularly contributed opinion pieces to Pacific Newspapers, especially the South District Journal, and Bellevue College radio station KBCS. Today she contributes to South Seattle Emerald and Leschinews. She can be heard interviewing community members on KVRU. Convinced all of us can learn to write well, McDade conducts and participates in a variety of writing workshops. “Good writing can force us to think and think critically; we can theorize, organize, analyze, and synthesize better,” says she. A prolific writer, she has works in AAWA anthologies I Wonder as I Wander, Gifted Voices, Words? Words! Words, Threads, and Voices That Matter. Her works include Travel Tips for Dream Trips, questions and answers about her six-month, solo trip around the world; Outside the Cave, four volumes of poetry; and Observations and Revelations, a collection of stories and essays. She also has work in WA 129, Poems Selected by Tod Marshall State Poet Laureate; Emerald Reflections, an anthology edited by Marcus Green; Raven Chronicles; and StoryCorps Archive for the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Among her several writing projects are two biographies and journals kept during her travels.

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