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Intermediate | First-person plural novels give voice to the previously invisible, compelling writers to offer their own version of identity beyond a perceived and privileged mainstream. But what makes us so uncomfortable about the first-person plural? We resist collective or group identity because we think of ourselves as individuals, not communities or coalitions. The collective first feels like an especially timely choice, as we continue to reconsider the ways communities are beholden to each other. In this course, we’ll read one novel written in the collective first person, examine its strengths and pitfalls, and then workshop one piece each.
Students who did not take Part I are welcome, but will be asked to catch up on the reading.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Class Type: 6 SessionsFiction, Online
Term: Fall 2020
Start Date: 10/29/2020
No Class On: 11/26/2020
End Date: 12/10/2020
Days of the Week: Thursday
Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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Piper Lane holds an MFA from the University of Washington and an MA from Ohio University. She coordinated the reading series Castalia, cofounded the Black Jaw Lit Series, and served as prose editor for the Seattle Review. She teaches creative writing at UW. She won UW’s Eugene Van Buren award for fiction and Ohio University’s LitFest Nonfiction essay contest.