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Telling Animal Stories: Writing About Other Species

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July 18, 2023
July 19, 2023
10:00 - 4:00
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Workshop Overview

"The first symbols were animals," wrote art critic John Berger. What do we owe the animals we write about, especially in our time of global warming and mass extinction, and how can we write about them in new ways? Through readings, discussion, writing/revision exercises and peer feedback, we will explore varying approaches to writing about other species, whether pets, local neighbors or just other creatures we cohabit the earth with. From experimenting with reimagined folktales to persona poems and "braided essays," you'll leave with at least one finished draft and a new understanding of the relationship between humans and animals and how the stories we tell about animals can help us understand not only the natural world, but ourselves.

About the Instructor(s)

A former Writer-in-Residence at the National Writers Series in Michigan, Erica Berry lives in her hometown of Portland and has taught at Literary Arts, the University of Minnesota, the New York Times Student Journeys, and Oxford Academia. Her essays appear in The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine and Outside, among others; Macmillan publishes her nonfiction debut Wolfish: Wolf, Self, and the Stories We Tell About Fear in February 2023. She loves teaching at Sitka and working with students of all experience levels; only curiosity is required.

Materials List: Students Bring

• Writing materials (digital or notebook)

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Packet of readings

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