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Unbuilding Place

Did you know that Belltown was once tall grasslands? Or that North Seattle Community College was a cranberry bog? Or that a village, dzee-dzee-LAH-letch, where Chief Seattle once lived, was located on what is now the King Street Station? Students will work to creatively “unbuild” our built landscape in order to learn about what Seattle looked like before white settlers colonized, reshaped and industrialized it. This might take the form of lyric poetry, dystopian fiction or a creative non-fiction essay. In doing so, students will learn about the importance of vivid setting description and hone their place-based writing by examining the city they call home.

Instructor: JP Kemmick

Grade: 9-12

Location: Online

Duration: 2 sessions

Start Date: 11/14/2020

End Date: 11/21/2020

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Maximum Class Size: 15

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JP Kemmick

JP Kemmick was recently digging through old boxes in his mom's basement and found a laminated bookmark he made in 3rd grade which was all about his favorite things. On it, he had also written what he hoped to be when he grew up: an author. (He also misspelled his own name.) All these years later, JP still wants to be an author, and has even published some stories. On the way, he's also discovered the joy of teaching. He's been a Hugo House Scribes instructor for three years and has taught writing and English classes across the northwest. He loves old sci-fi and comic books. His happy places are at a rock n roll show or out in nature.

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