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How can we write about life’s key subjects—like love, death, loss, or joy—in ways that aren’t vague and clichéd? In this class, we’ll harness the extended metaphor, using concrete objects—like food, clothing, or furniture—as vehicles for exploring large themes in specific, meaningful, and memorable ways. Expect brainstorming activities, writing prompts, discussions on craft, and close readings of published essays. Come to class with just a pen and blank paper and leave with an early draft of one personal essay and ideas for many more.
Wilson Diehl’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Babble, Fit Pregnancy, The Seattle Times, Seattle Metropolitan, Teachers & Writers Magazine, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa and has been teaching writing since 2000. She’s currently working on a collection of personal essays about the hazards of marriage and motherhood. You can find more on her website, Not Quite What I Expected.