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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 work on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and has performed in theater, music, and with her writing. Her literary awards include a Harvard University Conway Award for Teaching Writing, a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature, an Iowa Review Award for Literary Nonfiction, and a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for literature. Her collection of poems That Fall was published in 2011. She teaches nonfiction and poetry at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

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