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Literature and Creative Writing Courses to be offered this Fall in Friday Harbor!

30 Mar

In Autumn 2012, Professor Richard Kenney from the UW Department of English will be teaching Literature and Creative Writing courses at Friday Harbor: ENGL 365, “Reading the Marine Environment” (5 cr), ENGL 283/383/483, “Writing the Marine Environment”(5 cr), and an optional “Creative Writing Lab,” ENGL 493, (2 cr). All of these courses will take full advantage of living on San Juan Island, focusing on the marine environment; the sea and seashore; Moby Dick and other nautically-minded literature; and creative writing inspired by by writers, artists, scientists and naturalists who have taken the sea for their subject.

You can take 12 credits of English courses, or you can mix and match
these classes with introductory Marine Biology and Fisheries courses for
a full course load of 15-17 credits. This could be a great way to take
care of some of those NW credits you might still need for graduation, or
it might simply be an opportunity to learn more about the incredible
diversity of sea life in the Pacific Northwest.

To learn more about this exciting new program, please come to the Information Session on Thursday, April 12 starting at 3:30 pm in THO 134 or visit the Autumn 2012 Friday Harbor Program webpage.



Writers on Writing

28 Oct


ENGL 285: Writers on Writing (VLPA) 5 credits

lecture: Tuesdays, 12:30-1:50

quiz section: Th 12:30-1:20 or W 9:30-10:50 or W 12:30-1:50 or W 2:30-3:50

Professor Richard Kenney

Again this year, the collective UW Creative Writing faculty, along with other visiting artists, will remember in public why they do what they do. On ten sequential Tuesdays they will speak in depth about what interests them most, including the ways and means of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and the joys and vagaries of inspiration, education, artistic practice, and the writing life. Thursdays will constellate a literary reading series. Discussion sections will be scheduled in between.


Serious curiosity is the only requirement for admission. Students will be expected to attend all talks, do the assigned reading, respond to problems and exercises posed by the lecturers, and participate vigorously in the ongoing conversation. By the end, they will have had a disciplined brush with literate passion, practiced imaginative methods at the point of the pencil, learned something about books from people who write them, and gained a practical sense of the artist’s way of knowing the world.


Conceived as a perpetual work-in-progress, according professors full freedom in designing their respective contributions, the course will find its coherence in the conversation we leap to make of it. Sample topics: What Is It? or, Ars Poetica; Forms of Poetry, Forms of Thought; Mythos-Minded Thinking: From Proverbs to Parables, Stories as Metaphors in Motion; Odd Autobiography; Reading the New; Literary Collage & Blurring Boundaries; The Writing Life; The Revision Process; Closing Words.


No required text. Readings will be posted online or handed out in class. Grading will be based equally on reading (by quiz and conversation), writing (solutions to assigned prompts), and participation (attendance and discussion).


Links Fair! 3/30/11

28 Mar

Still exploring majors?

Wish you knew more about what UW has to offer?

Come and check out all of the disciplines offered here at UW as you play fun gamesand interact with advanced students and advisers at the Links Majors Fair! It’s happening in Lander Hall on March 30th from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be lots of opportunities to win FREE prizes and eat FREE cookies! What’s not to love? Just to name a FEW of the fun things happening at the fair…

-Explore brain samples under a microscope with BIOLINK
-Design and create your own buttons with ARTSLINK
-Create a poem for a friend with the WORDLINK poem generator
-Learn about exciting career options with the UW CAREER CENTER
-Meet academic ADVISERS that can help you find your path

We hope you can make it! Contact with questions

Love the Arts! Love your Community!

6 Feb

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a fabulous interactive-arts-extravaganza-party for you and your friends!

“Love the Arts. Love your Community” brings it all to you. Music, video, valentines and a way to share your love for the arts and your compassion for our community.

Here’s how it works:

1) Mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 8th, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
2) Spread the word with your friends (all are welcome, including those outside of the residence hall community).

3) Purchase an art supply to donate at the door (these supplies will be given to the Sanctuary Art Center, a not-for-profit community organization that provides art classes and workshops to Seattle’s homeless youth.) Suggested items: Sharpie pens, stretchy string, brushes, canvas, paper, paints, frames, sketch books, etc.

4) Then, come to the Pompeii Room (McMahon Hall) on February 8th and:
*Create a stop-motion animation film.
*Compose electro-acoustic music with Wii controls.
*Write poetry.
*Design and make buttons.
*Create Valentines (even secret ones!) for those you love.
*Enjoy food and beverages courtesy Mighty-O Donuts and HFS and great door prizes!

Hosted by Sanctuary Art Center, ArtsLink, Housing & Food Services and Mighty-O Donuts.


Business Competition– Open to ALL majors!

10 Jan

Business Plan Competition

The UW Business Plan Competition is the marquee event for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business. In the past thirteen years, the Business Plan Competition has successfully:

  • Awarded $872,000 in prize money to 87 student companies
  • Involved over 300 judges, mentors, sponsors, supporters each year from the alumni and business community
  • Promoted student ideas and new venture creation
  • Provided an opportunity for business and science students to present new business plans to Seattle area venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and investors
  • Learn more via competition FAQs or by contacting Sarah Massey at or 206.685.9868.

    Can non-business students enter the competition?
    Yes. The Business Plan Competition is open to ALL students who are currently enrolled in a degree program in the state of Washington.

    If I don’t find any team members that really seem like “the right fit” during the Networking Nights, is it OK to have a “team” of just one person?
    It is OK to have just one person on a team.  However, if you advance to the Investment Round, you’ll want to add a few people to your team to help you pitch to judges.

    Can we submit a business plan into the competition for a business that is or may become a nonprofit / social business in the future?
    The competition is open to all types of businesses.  Every year there are nonprofit or socially responsible businesses in the competition.

    Is there a BPC archive that has a synopsis of the BPC plans submitted so far?
    Yes, but you must come to CIE to look at it.  Be sure to call or email the CIE Office to set-up a time.

    Can a student submit plans for more than one team?
    You are allowed to participate in the Business Plan Competition with more than one team. It can be a logistical challenge to do that at the Investment Round and Sweet 16, but it is possible.

    Am I allowed to have a faculty member as a mentor for the BPC?
    You can have a faculty member as a mentor. We’re also happy to try to pair you with a professional in the field who could coach and mentor you through the process. Note, it’s much more effective if you have an idea of who you would like to talk to more about your idea. Coming and simply asking for a mentor will make it challenging for you to find the right person. You should do research to find out who you want to talk to.

    I am part of a company looking to recruit students to assist in taking my idea through the Business Plan Competition. How should I go about doing this?
    Here are two ways to meet students:

  • Post a profile on the find teams and students web page.  Succinctly describe what your idea is and the type of team members you’d like to join your team.
  • Attend the Business Plan Competition Networking Night. There will be opportunities to meet with lot of students and pitch your idea to them.
  • Can I compete two years in a row?
    Students are welcome and encouraged to participate as many times as they want – as long as they are a student (enrolled in a degree seeking program in Washington state) or have a student on their team.

    Can I change the name of the business at some point during the competition?
    You are allowed to change your company name during the competition. We recommend that you reference the name change in your documents (one-page executive summary or business plan).

    Can I have more than 4 members on my team?
    You can have as many people on your team as your like; there is no official limit. Most teams are 3-5 people, but you can do whatever makes the most sense for you. However, only four teammates can pitch at a time during the Investment Round. If you have more than four team members, you can tradeoff.

    Is the list of judges for the Business Plan Competition available to the participants?
    We don’t release our judge lists for any of the rounds.

    Do judges or coaches usually sign NDAs (non-disclosure agreements)?
    Judges and coaches do not sign NDAs.  This is common practice in the entrepreneurial world, especially when you are pitching your idea to investors.  You should figure out a way to talk about your business, but not give away the confidential information that could be patented, trademarked, or that is simply your secret sauce.

    Contact Sarah Massey at or 206.685.9868 for more information.


    Summer Poetry in Friday Harbor

    27 Apr

    This September, join UW English Professor Richard Kenney and guest poet Jason Whitmarsh for two weeks of poetry in Friday Harbor!

    This is a two-week seminar in the art and practice of poetry, to be held this coming September (Sept 5-18, 2010) at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island. There will be lecture and discussion, reading, critique, informal chat and solitary time for composition. All comers welcome: no experience is presumed; a wide range of experience is anticipated. Participants will be housed in student quarters at the marine station, and will take meals together at the dining hall.

    How to apply:   We have reserved accommodation for just fifteen students. We expect the seminar to fill quickly. Make application by letter of inquiry, along with the application form (attached), to Richard Kenney ( AND to Jason Whitmarsh ( If the program fills before the final deadline, a waiting list will be established.

    Course credits: 5 credits of ENGL 283, 383, 483, or 493 (Autumn 2010)

    Cost: $1,050.  This includes instructional costs, housing, and 3 meals a day.  (NOTE:  This price will not include tuition. A student’s Autumn tuition will be based upon total Autumn credits, including Friday Harbor credits. Evening Degree students must pay Evening Degree tuition directly to UW Professional and Continuing Education (formerly known as UW Educational Outreach), in addition to program fees paid to the Department of English.)  A non-refundable, $250 deposit will be due upon acceptance to the program, the remaining balance of $800 to be paid in full before Friday, August 27, 2010.

    Priority Application Deadline: May 14, 2010 (Thereafter we will consider applications on a space-available basis.)

    What is poetry? What are its forms and ways and means? What are its affinities with other forms of knowing, such as natural science, as practiced famously at the marine station? What is a poet’s relation to the natural world? Such widely-ranging questions, and others of mutual interest, will be explored in an experimental spirit at the point of the pencil: this is intended to be a practical apprenticeship in the poet’s art, rather than a theoretical or critically-minded literary seminar. In that spirit, writing will be constant and joyful. We’ll meet twice daily, with open time between. Expect lectures and discussion on the following topics: poetry and play, poetry and comedy, poetry and the natural world, nursery rhymes and nonsense, tone and gesture, and the generative nature of poetic constraints.

    About the instructors:

    Richard Kenney is the author of four books of poetry: The Evolution of the Flightless Bird, Orrery, The Invention of the Zero, and The One Strand River. He teaches poetry and verse writing in the undergraduate and MFA programs at the University of Washington.

    Jason Whitmarsh earned his B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Washington. His poems have appeared in many literary journals, including Yale Review, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, and Fence. His book, Tomorrow’s Living Room, won the 2009 May Swenson Poetry Award. He lives in Seattle with his wife and children.

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Bridget Norquist in English Advising ( or the program faculty.