Llyn De Danaan has spent the past 15 years writing about the lives of people including the Japanese-American poets of Oyster Bay; Katie Gale, an indigenous oyster grower in the late 1800s; and Willapa Bay’s Mary Riddle, the first Native American woman aviator. Along the way, she met incredible people and has followed both intuition and hints that led to surprising discoveries. In this six-week course, she’ll describe her projects, share authentic documents and photographs that helped build the stories, and offer in-class exercises to help you decode and interpret documents you might encounter in pursuit of our own “fact based” stories. You’ll also talk about curating the objects with which you have surrounded yourself and how to use them as a springboard to writing about your own life or the lives of loved ones. Please bring a notebook and your favorite writing tools to class. General Public/Member: $68/$62 For more info or to register, call 360.586.6181 or stop by the Olympia or Lacey Senior Center. Registration starts March 4th.
Llyn De Danaan is an anthropologist, writer, and photographer. She was a Humanities Washington speaker for four years, an expert witness and consultant to Tribes, and a Fulbright Scholar in Romania. She is emerita faculty, The Evergreen State College, and has taught for Western Washington’s Academy for Life Long Learning. She was also writing instructor for the All My Somedays Program. Recommended Background Reading: “The Soul’s Code” and “The Force of Character and the Lasting Life”, James Hillman; “Number Our Days”, Barbara Meyerhoff.