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Stories, essays, and poems can pose as everyday verbiage or borrow from “found” sources like instruction manuals, comment cards, and ad copy. This offers an opportunity to angle into familiar material, dismantle it, and make it new. But how does a writer begin the facsimile, and what, at its best, can the form achieve? Please bring a “found” piece of text that you may wish to work from—as impersonal as a magazine quiz or as intimate as a doctor’s instructions.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is the author of My Body Is a Book of Rules, a memoir forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Her work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Third Coast. She recently received grants from Potlatch Fund, 4Culture, and Artist Trust, and she has been a Made at Hugo House Fellow. She serves as adviser and lecturer for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington.