Kathryn Pope, MFA
Core Faculty, BA in Liberal Studies
Co-Director, Bridge Program
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Kathryn completed her graduate work in Antioch University’s MFA program. Her teaching has covered a range of writing, education, and literature classes, covering topics of composition, language, research, literature, and creative writing. Kathryn is a core faculty member in the Undergraduate Studies Department at Antioch University, as well as Co-Director of the Antioch University Bridge Program.
MFA in Creative Writing, Antioch University Los Angeles
BA in English/Writing, Cardinal Stritch University
Novel: After the Strawberry
Gulf Stream Magazine: “Melanie’s House is on Fire”
The Cape Rock: “Citizens United”
Teleread: “Digital Readers”
Teacher of the Year, 2008, Student Honors Society, Santa Monica College
Recognition of Excellence in Teaching, 2007 and 2008, Santa Monica College International Student Group
Women Making a Difference Award Finalist in 2012, LA Business Journal
Outstanding Service to AULA (nomination) in 2013, Alumni Association Award
The Writing Process
Barthes once wrote that, for a writer, language is “a field of action, the definition of, and hope for, a possibility.” The choice to write is the choice to take action, to exercise agency, to speak out, to tell the story. In this way, writing is a risk, and learning to write is learning to take the risk of deliberate action. Writing (whether creative or academic) is a way for students to find their voices, to add their opinions and arguments to the fray — and ultimately, to be empowered to use their voices (and the authority that comes with them) to act in the world.
In class, we practice this risk of creation by using the writing process to get words on the page. We practice the risk of revision that comes with honing a work into the thing we envision, making choices in form, content, language, and syntax. We practice the risk of criticism as we share the work with readers. As we create a community of readers and writers, we help one another take each of these risks, make deliberate choices in our work, and act in the world by exercising our voices as writers.
Art of the Personal Narrative (ENG 1100)
Writing & Responding: Creating a Critical Dialogue (ENG 1110)
Writing Critical Analysis (ENG 1120)
Academic Writing (ENG 3590)
Voice & Style (ENG 2900/1)
Art of Fiction (ENG 3090B)
Advanced Art of Fiction (ENG 4030)
Varieties of Fiction (LIT 3640)
Advanced Multi-Genre Workshop (ENG 4900A)
Educational Foundations (EDU 3800A)
As Gloria Anzaldúa famously wrote, “I am my language.” How we speak and write carries our histories and stories, the places we have been, the people who have been part of our lives, all we have read. There is a reason the words author and authority are so closely related. When we write, we take ownership of our thoughts and language. In that, writing is a powerful act.