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FREE Writing from Your Own Backyard

Since we’ve all been closer to home, we’ve had time to focus more attention on things nearby. Whether your “backyard” is a local P-patch, a balcony, a windowsill, or a patch of lawn with a garden gate, chances are you have recently tried or observed something new in your domain. Maybe you sprouted seeds, started sourdough, foraged for mushrooms, adopted a pet, acquired house plants, or coexisted with a winter spider. How can these interactions with your own backyard can tell a deeper story? From this free nonfiction class, you’ll come away with a start on a new personal essay and bank of ideas for future writing.

This class is offered in collaboration with 4Culture.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Bonnie J. Rough

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Spring 2021

Start Date: 04/06/2021

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 98

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Bonnie J. Rough

Bonnie J. Rough is an award-wining author, essayist, and journalist who loves the writing classroom, whether as student, mentor, or both at once. Her latest book is Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love, and Equality (Seal Press 2018). She has written recently for the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Cut, Washington Post, Slate, and many other outlets. Her previous two books, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA (winner of a Minnesota Book Award) and The Girls, Alone: Six Days in Estonia (named one of Amazon's Best Kindle Singles), are literary memoirs. Rough earned her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2005. She has taught in various writing programs including the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and as faculty for the Ashland University low-residency MFA program. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, with her creative work appearing in anthologies and publications including the Best American series, Modern Love, The Sun magazine, Brain, Child, the Seattle Review of Books, and dozens of other literary journals and magazines.

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