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Creatures of the Sea: Creative Writing Experiments

All Levels | Sensing like an octopus, how can we expand our imagery? What is the kraken’s myth, and where else can we take it? What makes words school like fish? What exists at our work’s hydrothermal depths? This generative class provides eclectic prompts using poetic and scientific sources for inspiration, including work by Elizabeth Bishop, Elizabeth Bradfield, Camille T. Dungy, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Most writing happens in class, culminating in a portfolio with optional conference. Slanted towards poetry; all genres welcome. No previous marine biology knowledge required.

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Instructor: Sierra Nelson

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 01/16/2022

End Date: 02/20/2022

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Sierra Nelson

Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), and chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily). Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Carolyn Kizer Prize winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of literary performance groups The Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. For more info:

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