Delve Seminar – Spring 2018: Embolden Your Reading


Delve Seminar – Spring 2018: Embolden Your Reading


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Wednesdays, May 2-23, 2018
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Guide: Sara Guest, Tuition: $140

We’ve heard many times that writers ought to write what they know. To some degree this is true of reading also–it makes sense that people spend time with their favorite genres and authors, along with books that represent and give voice to their life experience. At the same time, reading is an opportunity to empathize and gain new perspectives. In an age when we sometimes find ourselves deeply divided by life experience, reading intentionally from authors that write about things we don’t know can be a great practice and habit. How do you get into this habit, and how do you sustain it? This is the question we’ll consider as we become readers of works outside of a more traditional western canon.

In this seminar, we’ll think and talk about how to read and what to read to broaden our point of view, deepen our lens of equity and inclusion, and discover the voices of less canonized authors, especially women and writers from communities of color. We’ll look at diversity in genre, race, perspective and point-of-view and discuss how to reinforce social justice through our reading choices by focusing on fiction and nonfiction by Walidah Imarisha, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Tananarive Due, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Luis Alberto Urrea, Jhumpa Lahiri and Jesmyn Ward, and poetry by Cathy Park Hong, Danez Smith, and Layli Long Soldier.

Reading List: A reader’s packet will be made available to you in either an affordable print/photocopy version or free PDF version. You may also choose to purchase the individual books by these authors. Details will be sent after registration.



Sara Guest is an editor and poet. Her previous work has included being an editor for Encyclopaedia Britannica, producer for Harpo Studios (Oprah’s Book Club), and program coordinator for Write Around Portland. She is currently the creative manager for Swaim Strategies. Sara has an MA in English from Case Western Reserve University.