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Richness of Self: New Ways of Reading Solitude

The course title has been corrected from the print catalog.

All Levels | Narratives of independence and solitary living often foreground a certain kind of character: tough, aloof, and usually male. In this reading-centric course, we’ll seek stories that challenge those tropes and expand our expectations of what aloneness looks like on the page. Through close reading of work by Claudia Rankine, Claire-Louise Bennett, Abi Andrews, and others, we’ll investigate how writing might capture solitude as, in May Sarton’s words, “richness of self.” Expect lively conversation, craft discussions, and optional writing assignments.

All students in reading classes will receive a book club discount on the instructor’s reading list at the Elliott Bay Book Co.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.

Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2020

Start Date: 11/05/2020

No Class On: 11/26/2020

End Date: 12/17/2020

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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