Writing About Past Travels (6 sessions, Tuesdays, 2/15-3/22/2022, 5 – 7 pm PST | Hugo House, register!)
“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves. And we travel, next, to find ourselves,” writes Pico Iyer. Let’s take that second journey: visit your inward passages by writing a travel essay about past travels. Pack your memories, memorabilia, journal entries, library cards, and beloved dreams. We’ll spend six weeks dissecting various structures of travel essays while writing our own. The determined will complete a full draft to pitch for publication; all will enjoy the views from retrospect.
Cultivating Apocalyptic Sensibilities: Climate Fiction (6 sessions, Tuesdays, 5/3-6/7, 5 – 7 pm PST, Hugo House)
A thrilling and terrifying premise differentiates climate fiction (cli-fi) from science fiction. The earthly tipping point is past. The apocalypse has happened. And climate fictions offer anxious, thrilling stories of radical adaptation to the unwanted badlands—and the many forms they could feasibly take. We’ll read and discuss works by authors such as Octavia Butler, Ursula Le Guin, Yun Ko-eu, Charlotte McConaghy, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Karen Russell. We will use writing prompts to cultivate our own fiction with apocalyptic sensibilities.
Lecturer, Communication – Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington-Bothell (2022)
Our skills and capacities are not unchanging. We grow, shift, and can strengthen ourselves over time. As a person, I am learning and growing, and finding news ways to unfold and bloom. As an instructor, I seek to facilitate class as a series of meaningful interactions, to set up ways for students to unfold and bloom.
I encourage students to take risks by listening, following ideas, and naming the extraordinary in the ordinary. Also, by writing frequently, often, every day.
I am available for-hire to design and deliver workshops & trainings.