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All Levels | Have you ever searched for the perfect word, only to realize that there is no word for what you want to describe? This course uses “lexical gaps”—phenomena for which no word exists in English—as springboards to new writing. We’ll begin by identifying lexical gaps that interest us: there is no word for the act of gazing into the distance, nor for a parent who loses their child. Together, we’ll write about unnamed events, states, and things. Most writing will happen in class, with some light exercises between meetings. Students will leave the course with new strategies for generating work, as well as several well-developed drafts.
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.
Class Type: 4 SessionsFiction, Multigenre, Nonfiction, Poetry, Prose
Start Date: 10/18/2018
End Date: 11/08/2018
Days of the Week: Thursday
Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PDT
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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$235.00 General Price:
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Sarah Dowling is the author of two books of poetry, DOWN (Coach House, 2014) and Security Posture (Snare, 2009), which received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Sarah has also published three chapbooks, US (The Elephants, 2018), Entering Sappho (above/ground, 2017), and Birds & Bees (TrollThread, 2012). Her writing appears in numerous literary journals. Sarah's scholarly book, Translingual Poetics: Writing Personhood under Settler Colonialism, is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press. She teaches at the University of Washington Bothell.