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Mind the Gap

All Levels | Have you ever searched for the perfect word, only to realize that there is no word for what you want to describe? This course uses “lexical gaps”—phenomena for which no word exists in English—as springboards to new writing. We’ll begin by identifying lexical gaps that interest us: there is no word for the act of gazing into the distance, nor for a parent who loses their child. Together, we’ll write about unnamed events, states, and things. Most writing will happen in class, with some light exercises between meetings. Students will leave the course with new strategies for generating work, as well as several well-developed drafts.

Instructor: Sarah Dowling

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Start Date: 10/17/2018

End Date: 11/07/2018

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Sarah Dowling

Sarah Dowling is the author of two books of poetry, DOWN (Coach House, 2014) and Security Posture (Snare, 2009), which received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Sarah has also published three chapbooks, US (The Elephants, 2018), Entering Sappho (above/ground, 2017), and Birds & Bees (TrollThread, 2012). Her writing appears in numerous literary journals. Sarah's scholarly book, Translingual Poetics: Writing Personhood under Settler Colonialism, is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press. She teaches at the University of Washington Bothell.

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