From Detail to Discovery (ZOOM) [Ellen Bass]
This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time.
Tolstoy said, “Art is transferring feeling from one heart to another.” And E.L. Doctorow said, “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader — not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” But how do we go about this work of transferring feeling? We create a physical and emotional impact through vivid detail, precise description, metaphor, and image. By describing what we see, we understand more, we feel more. And that process of seeing, understanding, feeling, and epiphany then takes place in the reader as well. In this workshop we’ll look at exemplary poems and learn (and try out) practical strategies for including these elements in our own writing.
Includes a writing break from 11:30 am–2 pm.