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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 worked with S’Klallam tribal elders, Microsoft managers, Episcopal clergy, police officers, and youth offenders. Her poems and essays have aired on NPR, and she has received numerous awards, including a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature. She is currently on the 2019-2020 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau for her talk “From Homer to #hashtags” which explores our changing language—and how it changes us.

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