“Often, a school is your best bet – perhaps not for education but certainly for protection from an undead attack.” Max Brooks, Zombie Survival Guide
At Simpson College, we survived the zombie apocalypse and do our best to sustain our commitment to a high-quality liberal arts education. Today, our curriculum provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to rebuild our fallen world. My three-week intensive writing class, “History of the Zombie War,” is an important element of the post-apocalypse “Simpson Experience.”
Students taking this course will learn a great deal about collaborative writing, oral history, project management, self-publishing, our community, and, of course, zombies. They’ll do this by writing and publishing a book about our college’s experience during the Great Zombie War. This is a three-credit course offered during the college’s May Term.
The students’ work will focus on both internal and external conflicts, and tensions with other survivors, as well as organized resistance against the zombie horde, and it will draw on numerous sources including memoirs, diaries, photographs, and official documents relating the experiences of those who occupied the college during the struggle. In addition, students will conduct a series of oral interviews with survivors.
In order to develop historical context for this project they will read Max Brooks’ World War Z and J. L. Bourne's Day By Day Armageddon. They will also watch three compelling documentaries, “Night of the Living Dead,” “Shaun of the Dead,” and “28 Days Later.”
Students will develop and implement a guerrilla marketing plan and fundraise through a variety of sources including kickstarter.com. Once completed, we’ll deliver the manuscript to blurb.com or lulu.com and order as many copies at as high a quality as our fundraising allows.
Work will begin in earnest on May 3 (although some students have already started recording their own experiences). The manuscript should be ready to send to the printer by May 21.
Since the creators of this project are all enrolled students and faculty members at Simpson College we do not need to worry about food, housing and utilities, so all of your donations go directly into the production of the book.
Too many courses end with the production of research papers that go almost immediately into the recycling bin. This course is different. It will produce a lasting memorial to both the survivors and the fallen of our community.
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