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Chutney as Love: Harnessing the Power of the Extended Metaphor

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.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.

Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Wilson Diehl

Class Type: 1 Session

Start Date: 11/08/2014

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Wilson Diehl

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.

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