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Writing the New Seattle

All Levels | Seattle has changed a lot over the past seven years. Its population is now over 725,000. Many of its neighborhoods have been gentrified. Working-class people have been displaced. And the most common job in the Seattle area is programming computers. We are no longer known as the Emerald City. We are now the nation’s cloud city and a city with two of the richest humans in history. What do these changes mean? And, most importantly, how can we write about them? Does this new Seattle demand a new language? This class will explore these questions in two ways. One, by examining the literature of other cities that experienced sudden tremendous change (for example, Second Empire Paris); and, two, writing workshops that produce our own new texts (poems, personal essays, short fiction) about this tumultuous moment. If you are new to Seattle, this class is for you. If you are not, this class is still for you.

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: Charles Tonderai Mudede

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Start Date: 11/05/2018

End Date: 12/10/2018

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Charles Tonderai Mudede

Charles Tonderai Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born writer, filmmaker, and cultural critic. He writes about film, books, music, crime, art, economics, and urban theory for The Stranger. Mudede has made three films, two of which, Police Beat and Zoo, premiered at Sundance, and one, Zoo, was screened at Cannes. Mudede has written for the New York Times, Arcade Journal, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, The Village Voice, Radical Urban Theory, and C Theory. Mudede is also on the editorial board for the Black Scholar, which is based at the University of Washington, and between 1999 and 2005, lectured on post-colonial theory at Pacific Lutheran University, and in 2003 published a short book, Last Seen, with Diana George. Mudede has lived in Seattle since 1989.

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