Crafting Survival Stories
Write the difficult truths of these times in this workshop that helps you tell the stories of how we survive.
What you can learn.
- Employ empathy around crises that may not directly affect you
- Learn to approach catastrophes from a variety of disciplines and perspectives
- Apply your learning to writing genres of all kinds
- Explore the impact of catastrophes on individual human lives as well as communities and cultures
About this course:Catastrophe is becoming more common an experience than Americans imagined possible. Climate change, pandemics, sex trafficking, mass shootings, or singular catastrophic events are on our minds. The result is that our society has become desensitized to the realities of catastrophic events. This workshop will support fiction and nonfiction writers completing a dystopian novel, a memoir about a personal involvement in a catastrophe, or work that delves into the dynamics of a catastrophe. We explore universal themes, truths revealed about humanity, and contributions survivors bring to a world in which mass catastrophe is becoming increasingly common. This course unpacks those truths through lenses including globalization, cross-cultural studies, biology, technology, sociology, psychology, climate change, environmentalism, writing and literature, philosophy, and history.
Fall 2020 Schedule
These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.
No meeting November 26, 2020.
Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.
This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.