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All Levels | “I am intrigued by writers who garden and gardeners who write. The pen and the trowel are not interchangeable, but seem often linked,” writes landscape historian and literary biographer Marta McDowell. This class for writers and gardeners of all levels will explore that fertile link, drawing the narratives out of our flower beds, delving for meaning in our veggie plots, cultivating rich metaphor, and most of all, digging into the hidden-in-plain-sight stories that our past and present gardens tell about us–our lives, our loves, and our fleeting toeholds on this earth. We’ll use samples of classic and contemporary garden literature as seeds for our weekly prompts and exercises, finding abundant opportunities to share, collaborate, and nurture tender starts into full bloom.
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.
Class Type: 8 SessionsNonfiction, Online
Term: Spring 2021
Start Date: 04/20/2021
End Date: 06/08/2021
Days of the Week: Tuesday
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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Bonnie J. Rough is an award-wining author, essayist, and journalist who loves the writing classroom, whether as student, mentor, or both at once. Her latest book is Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love, and Equality (Seal Press 2018). She has written recently for the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Cut, Washington Post, Slate, and many other outlets. Her previous two books, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA (winner of a Minnesota Book Award) and The Girls, Alone: Six Days in Estonia (named one of Amazon's Best Kindle Singles), are literary memoirs. Rough earned her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2005. She has taught in various writing programs including the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and as faculty for the Ashland University low-residency MFA program. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, with her creative work appearing in anthologies and publications including the Best American series, Modern Love, The Sun magazine, Brain, Child, the Seattle Review of Books, and dozens of other literary journals and magazines.