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The Mountain’s Out: Using Landscape as a Lens for the Essay

As naturalist John Muir suggests: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” This weekend workshop will embolden those who wish to write through—rather than about—the natural world. Reading works from Isabella Bird to Brian Doyle, we will address structure and form, including the braided essay, the emblematic moment, and the frame. Our encounters with the wild (urban or hinterland) will engender a larger story. Come with a raincoat and a desire to write as if life depended on it.

Instructor: Christine Hemp

Class Type: 2 Sessions

Start Date: 02/21/2015

End Date: 02/22/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Christine Hemp

Christine Hemp has aired her essays and poems on NPR’s Morning Edition, and a poem of hers has traveled over a billion miles on a NASA mission to monitor the prenatal activity of stars. Her awards include a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature, an Iowa Review Award for Nonfiction, and the Harvard University Extension Award for Teaching Writing. She is on the 2019-20 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau with her talk “From Homer to #hashtags,” which explores our changing language. Her forthcoming memoir, Wild Ride Home, is scheduled for publication in Spring 2020. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington with two horses, two cats, and one husband.

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