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Self-Portraits and Landscapes: Bringing the Personal into Nature Writing

All Levels | When we write about nature, there’s always an observing “I” embedded in what we describe–and when we write about our personal experience, there’s always some context beyond our human surroundings. In this class, we’ll try our hand at writing prose that brings the relationship between the self and the nonhuman world into sharp focus. We’ll look at examples by Annie Dillard, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and others, focusing on the craft choices they use to paint dual portraits of themselves and their surroundings. You’ll leave with new writing and inspiration for moving forward.

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: Liza Birnbaum

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Spring 2021

Start Date: 04/25/2021

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 1:10 pm – 4:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$81.00 Member Price:
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Liza Birnbaum

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.

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