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Mastering Metaphor

Date: 9/27/17 – 11/8/17

Location: Online

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Multigenre

• Regular: $234.00
• Member: $210.60

Metaphor is the heart of creative writing. It allows us to perceive objects, relationships, and ideas freshly; feel transported through time; and see through the eyes of someone of another generation, gender, culture, or even species! It has the power to transform our thoughts and vision whenever we read and write.

This class—for those who write poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction, or who simply wish to deepen their experience of reading it—looks at the many ways writers create meaning through metaphor, and how metaphor adds layers of resonance to literary works. In the first unit, students will engage with a variety of metaphors in poetry and prose and start a "metaphor collection." Subsequent units look at specific types of metaphor and at how various other comparisons and compressions—including metonymy, symbol, white space, titles, line and stanza breaks, sound effects, and even punctuation—work in metaphor-like ways.

In assignments, students create different types of metaphor in journal exercises that are themselves structured as metaphor ("Take Your Journal Out for Coffee!") and choose between options for practicing with metaphor by creating original poetry or creative prose and discussing metaphors in the work of established writers. The class is geared toward practice with metaphor in various writing contexts rather than producing individual polished poems or creative prose pieces. However, participants have the option of having a private critique with the teaching artist at the end of the class to hone an individual piece of their choosing.