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Techwashed!: Writing with AI, Data, and Surveillance

All Levels | Advancements in technology are invisibly challenging our society’s foundations. Data about us already empower some and disempower others. In this part-generative, part-analytical course, we’ll examine the language of this revolution through close reads of everything from technical writing and essays to poetry, fiction, and manifestos. We’ll talk about what it all means. And we’ll riff off those materials to generate our own technologically inspired pieces. Come ready to write!

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Shankar Narayan

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2021

Start Date: 10/09/2021

End Date: 10/30/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Shankar Narayan

Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Fellow at Kundiman and at Hugo House, and winner of prizes from Flyway and Paper Nautilus. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work as a civil rights attorney for the ACLU. His work has appeared in Jaggery, Panoply, Crab Creek Review, Raven Chronicles, The Litfuse Anthology, WA 129 (a collection of Washington state poems curated by Poet Laureate Tod Marshall), and many other publications. Shankar is a recent 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi.

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