Bringing the Personal into Nature Writing

with Liza Birnbaum

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

In Person

Open to all levels

1 Session

Start Date: April 20, 2024
End Date: April 20, 2024
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 1:10pm - 4:10pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $102.60
General Price: $114.00

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When we write about nature, there's always an observing "I" embedded in what we describe–and when we write about our personal experience, there's always some context beyond our human surroundings. In this class, we'll try our hand at writing prose that brings the relationship between the self and the nonhuman world into sharp focus. We'll look at examples by Annie Dillard, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and others, focusing on the craft choices they use to paint dual portraits of themselves and their surroundings. You'll leave with new writing and inspiration for moving forward.

ADDITIONAL CLASS DETAILS:  

Class format: 

  • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
  • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.
  • Peer feedback given.
  • 1-2 hours of writing or reading outside of class.

REGISTRATION DATES: 

  • March 12: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 19: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 25: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum

she/her/hers

Liza Birnbaum's writing has appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Tammy, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and teaches at Hugo House, Cornish College of the Arts, and the University of Washington's Robinson Center. She's been awarded residencies from Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture and Fishtrap. For more of Liza go to lizabirnbaum.com

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