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All Levels | F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.” Perhaps the tragedy of our heroes, is that for millennia the hero’s journey has almost exclusively been written to celebrate men of means or athletic ability. In this course, we will create characters that embody a new type of hero and explore story structures that challenge the traditional hero’s journey. We will discuss the possibility of embracing mythologies aimed at exalting environmental sustainability and social equality in order to have heroes who truly do save the planet.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Rena Priest is a Poet and a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. Her literary debut, Patriarchy Blues, was honored with a 2018 American Book Award. Her most recent collection, Sublime Subliminal, was published by Floating Bridge Press. She is the recipient of an Allied Arts Professional Poets Award and residency fellowships from Hawthornden Castle, Hedgebrook, and Mineral School. She is a National Geographic Explorer and a 2019 Jack Straw Writer. Her work can be found in literary journals and anthologies including: For Love of Orcas, Cosmonauts Avenue, Poetry Northwest, and High Country News.