Reading Virginia Woolf & Shirley Hazzard
Genres: Fiction, Reading
In this class, we'll put Virginia Woolf's novel To the Lighthouse into conversation with Shirley Hazzard's The Transit of Venus—lesser-known, but beloved by writers like Lauren Groff and Min Jin Lee. We'll examine how both authors trace the whole arc of characters' lives, how they spark sentence-level beauty and surprise, and how the political reveals itself in the deeply interior stories they tell. Expect lively conversation, weekly prompts, and a chance to consider how literary affinities inspire new work.
ADDITIONAL CLASS DETAILS:
- This class includes:
- Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.
- Reading: class engages in close study of one or more works.
- Work outside of class: 2-3 hours of writing or reading outside of class.
- December 4: Scholarship Donation Day
- December 5: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT
- December 12: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
- December 18: Last day of Early Bird pricing
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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