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Writing the Girl Child in Fiction and Poetry

What has been the role of the girl in contemporary literature? Do girls have subjectivity? Authority? Adventure? We will engage with the contemporary canon of girlhood and female coming-of-age, learning from it as well as pushing against it. We will be aware that we are writing outside of our current experience; be we men or women, we are not girls. We will use our imaginations as we practice the key craft elements of voice, narration, plot, and theme. Come with your story, poem, or idea—or with just pen and paper. We will write and revise. We will create characters who engage and defy.

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: Tiphanie Yanique

Class Type: 1 Session

Start Date: 03/14/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Tiphanie Yanique

Tiphanie Yanique is that rare writer who has received critical acclaim and awards in three literary genres: poetry, the novel, and short stories. She is also an outspoken activist on behalf of the Caribbean Diaspora, having appeared on Democracy Now! With Amy Goodman, and published a passionate op-ed in The New York Times on the US response to hurricanes in the Caribbean.

Her second novel, Monster in the Middle, will be published by Riverhead Books in October 2021. Her poetry collection, Wife (Peepal Tree Press UK, 2015), won the 2016 Bocas Prize in Caribbean poetry and the 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection. Her debut novel, Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead Books, 2014), won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, among other honors. Her debut collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, (Graywolf Press, 2010) was a 2010 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She has additionally been awarded the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, and other outlets.

She is currently an associate professor in the English Department at Wesleyan University, where she is also Director of the Creative Writing Program. Raised in the Virgin Islands, Yanique lives in New Rochelle, New York with her family.

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