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Creative Writing


with Matthew Sullivan

Calendar Oct 11, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

In this six-week class, we’ll explore the building blocks of storytelling with the goal of generating new work and sparking our creativity. The tools and patterns that we practice in this class are useful for fiction and narrative nonfiction writers alike, and all levels of writers are welcome. The class will culminate in an optional (but encouraged!) public reading, during which we’ll share something short that we’ve written in the class. Bring a pen and a notebook, or a laptop, if you prefer.

Week to Week, we’ll be looking at the building blocks of narrative, with in-class writing exercises peppered throughout:

1. Plot & Conflict 2. Character Development 3. Setting (Place & Time) 4. Point-of-View 5. Exploring Genres (or catch-up/Q&A if needed) 6. Public reading

Instructor: Matthew Sullivan

Matthew’s best-selling novel, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore (Scribner), won the Colorado Book Award and was an IndieNext pick, A Barnes & Noble Discover pick, and a GoodReads Choice Awards finalist. His short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, LitHub, The Spokesman Review, Sou’Wester, The Strand, and many other places. He has taught college writing classes in Idaho, Boston, and Poland, and has been teaching in Washington since 2003. His new novel, The TreeTop Oracles, will be in the publishing pipeline soon.

Industries of Anacortes


with Tom Kuhn

Calendar Oct 11, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Back by student request, this popular series will again explore six of the many industries & services based in our local economy. The course will include representatives from the Island Health, Transpac Marinas, HF Sinclair, SB Ventures, Sierra Pacific and Lopez Ice Cream.

The following guests from the listed industries will speak and answer questions:

1. Elise Cutter - Island Health CEO

2. David Rytan - Transpac Marinas Owner

3. Speaker to be named - HF Sinclair

4. Kristen Keltz - SB Ventures CEO

5. Lisa Perry - Sierra Pacific Community Relations

6. Alex Thieman - Lopez Island Creamery Owner

Facilitator: Tom Kuhn (past president of Anacortes Senior College)

Memoir Writing


with Teru Lundsten

Calendar Oct 11, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Writing about your life can seem like a daunting task. Where to begin? This class will prime the pump, with weekly writing assignments (about 750 words) presented in themes, plus writing tips. Sharing your stories confidentially with others in class will inspire you even more. You'll come to see your life through a different lens, and leave a legacy for your family. (Class size limited to 10 students.)

Instructor: Teru Lundsten

Teru Lundsten has been teaching memoir writing in Skagit County since 2010. She worked as a personal historian, helping people preserve their life stories into books for their families. As a journalist she wrote over 200 profiles of people of all ages and from around the world. She has completed a memoir of her early years.

The Evolution of Life


with Barrie Hughlock, Ph.D.

Calendar Oct 11, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This is the third course of a four course science series entitled “The Evolution of Existence” It is intended to provide an appreciation for the accomplishments of science and its never-ending quest to solve the mysteries of existence. No prior science or math background is assumed. The only prerequisite is an open mind. Each course is stand-alone and can be taken out of sequence. “The Evolution of Life” will cover both the origins of life on Earth and its subsequent evolution. The six lectures include: (1) The origin of life from inanimate substances; (2) Genetics and the evolution of cellular life; (3) The eukaryotic cell, the cell type of all organisms that we can actually see; (4) The past 542 million years of multicellular evolution, punctuated by mass extinctions and including amphibians, reptiles, dinosaurs, and mammals; (5) Human evolution, starting from the "The Golden Age of the Apes", and including the numerous species that evolved over the course of human evolution, and ending with the revolutionary consequences of civilization; (6) A speculative lecture on future purposeful evolution, which covers our global threats, creating a need for genetic engineering of plants and animals, and concluding with a controversial discussion of future human genetic engineering.

Instructor: Barrie Hughlock

I received a BA in physics at UC Berkeley and a PhD in physics at Brown University, with a thesis on neutrino-electron physics. I spent my career in aerospace. First, at Grumman, in the Nuclear Physics Group, where I collaborated with NASA on the calibration of the Energetic Gamma Ray Experiment Telescope, one of the four instruments contained in the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory. Finally, at Boeing as an Associate Technical Fellow specializing in space and atmospheric radiation effects on satellite and airplane systems. I have taught physics courses at North Seattle Community College, at Bellevue College’s continuing education department and at the Anacortes Senior College in which courses are designed for the interests of retirees. I take great pleasure in teaching about the wonders and power of science and technology and advocating for science research to address the global needs of society.

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