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The Joy of Writing Animals

All Levels | David P. Barash writes, “There isn’t a human society on Earth . . . that doesn’t concern itself with animal imagery.” In this class, we’ll focus on the philosophy, process, complexity, and joy of writing about non-human animals. Why write about animals in our creative work? How do we write animals well? What are the ethics involved? Students will discuss texts, get writing prompts, and have the option to share their creative work. *Please note, this is not a children’s literature course.

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.

Instructor: Caitlin Scarano

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Spring 2021

Start Date: 04/10/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Caitlin Scarano

Caitlin Scarano is a poet based in Washington state. She is a PhD candidate in English/Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was recently selected as a participant in the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists & Writers Program, and deployed to McMurdo Station in Antarctica in Fall 2018. Her debut collection of poems, Do Not Bring Him Water, was released in Fall 2017 by Write Bloody Publishing. Caitlin has an MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has two poetry chapbooks: The White Dog Year (dancing girl press, 2015) and The Salt and Shadow Coiled (Zoo Cake Press, 2015). Her recent work can be found in Granta, Crazyhorse, and Ninth Letter.

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