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Beyond Autobiography: Experimentation

Visual artist and writer Gretchen Bennett and poet and performer Sierra Nelson are teaming up to explode the idea of “diary” with multidisciplinary approaches to research and self-reflection. Embracing the writer’s subjectivity rather than attempting to limit it, combined with unusual methods of research and observation, this generative class will jumpstart your writing (all genres) and provide innovative approaches to the creative process. Each participant receives a notebook for field notes and collection. All levels of experience welcome!

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: Sierra Nelson and Gretchen Bennett
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Start Date: 08/06/2016

End Date: 08/27/2016

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$195.30 Member Price:
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$217.00 General Price:

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Sierra Nelson and Gretchen Bennett

Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation-artist. Her books include I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press) made with artist Loren Erdrich and chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily), and her poems have appeared in journals such as Crazyhorse, Pleiades, Tin House, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), she is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony and Jack Straw Writers Program, Pushcart Prize nominee, and recipient of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of The Typing Explosion and Vis-a-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. She teaches creative writing in Seattle, Friday Harbor, and Rome, Italy. For more info:

Gretchen Frances Bennett is a visual artist who combines large-format color pencil drawings with everyday life moments and gestures. Recently, she has been converting her drawings to photographs and exploring personal essay. This year, Bennett’s work was included in the exhibition The Potato Eaters at the Greg Kucera Gallery, SEA. In recent years, she has exhibited her work at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, SEA; for a solo show at Vignettes, SEA; and at Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, NL. In 2014, she received the Betty Bowen Special Recognition Award. In 2012 she presented a project with the Drawing Center and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY. And in 2010, she won a LMCC artist residency on Governors Island, NY. For more info: &

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