Intro to Lit: Creative Writing

“Writing From the Center of the Margins” explores themes of identity, homeland/diaspora, marginalized voices, speaking truth to power, counter-narratives, and imagining alternative futures. The material is organized into 4 thematic units. We will start by writing what we know best (Writing From the Piko), then we will confront and transform our boundaries (Writing From the Borders), then we will explore layers of privilege and oppression through brave voices (Writing From the Intersections), and finally we will dare to dream new world visions (Writing From the Slipstream). As an introductory literature class, we will closely examine contemporary works as exemplary models to then craft our own creative iterations. We will approach a variety of genres and forms from documentary and spoken word poetry to life writing, manifestos, monologues, flash fiction, and short stories. Authors will include Haunani-Kay Trask, Kristiana Kahakauwila, Kerri Hulme, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Gloria Anzaldûa, among others. Together, with this expansive experimentation, we will discover preferred forms, develop our voice, and refine craft.

Note: This course will be offered online asynchronously.