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This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time.
All Levels | “Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed?” writes Annie Dillard. In this course, we’ll use Dillard’s wide-ranging work to investigate the art of setting down that beauty and mystery on the page. Through close readings, craft discussions, and optional writing exercises, we’ll consider her practices of attention and reverence and how they might inspire our own creative lives. Students will read Holy the Firm, essays, and selections from longer works, and will have the chance to share writing in class. All students in reading classes will receive a book club discount on the instructor’s reading list at the Elliott Bay Book Co.
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.
Class Type: 4 SessionsOnline, Reading
Term: Summer 2020
Start Date: 06/18/2020
End Date: 07/09/2020
Days of the Week: Thursday
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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$240.00 General Price:
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Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.